- existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time: Newton's discovery of the calculus was contemporary with that of Leibniz.
- of about the same age or date: a Georgian table with a contemporary wig stand.
- of the present time; modern: a lecture on the contemporary novel.
- a person belonging to the same time or period with another or others.
- a person of the same age as another.
Origin of contemporary
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Related Words for contemporariesbreed, crop, time, span, eon, rank, step, period, epoch, day, peers, aeon, times, contemporaries, associate, colleague, compeer, contemporary, equal
Examples from the Web for contemporaries
Contemporary Examples of contemporaries
What sets him apart from so many of his contemporaries was his rare immunity from the influence of prevailing ideas.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
Some of the authors most revered by their contemporaries now languish in relative obscurity.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Cummings, however, has proven far more controversial and arguably less palatable than her contemporaries.Why Whitney Cummings’ Dick Jokes Are Important
June 25, 2014
In all likelihood, he was—like his disciples and contemporaries—dark-haired, dark-eyed, and olive-skinned.Yes, Megyn Kelly, Santa Can Be Black (and Jesus, Too)
December 12, 2013
DS: Your work has a religious quality to it that marks it as very different from a host of good work by your contemporaries.The American Prophet of Delusion: Robert Stone in Conversation
November 15, 2013
Historical Examples of contemporaries
As Lizzie put it, Sarah's appearance was an outrage on her contemporaries.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
But Gaspare's fate had been easier than that of most of his contemporaries and friends of Marechiaro.A Spirit in Prison
He is the true countryman of his contemporaries Goethe and Schiller.Sophist
But in truth he is trying to get rid of the stumbling-blocks of thought which beset his contemporaries.Parmenides
The irony of Socrates places him above and beyond the errors of his contemporaries.Cratylus
- belonging to the same age; living or occurring in the same period of time
- existing or occurring at the present time
- conforming to modern or current ideas in style, fashion, design, etc
- having approximately the same age as one another
- a person living at the same time or of approximately the same age as another
- something that is contemporary
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