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.
- con·tem·po·rar·i·ly, adverb
- con·tem·po·rar·i·ness, noun
- non·con·tem·po·rar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·con·tem·po·rar·ies.
- post·con·tem·po·rar·y, adjective
- ul·tra·con·tem·po·rar·y, adjective, noun, plural ul·tra·con·tem·po·rar·ies.
- un·con·tem·po·rar·y, adjective
- contemporary , contemporaneous (see synonym study at the current entry)
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How to use contemporary in a sentence
Brokerages get paid for their customers’ orders from market makers—contemporary versions of what Madoff’s trading company was.How Ponzi mastermind Bernie Madoff enabled the US retail trading boom | John Detrixhe | August 30, 2020 | Quartz
If Robins had been a contemporary of Peter Gethers, he might have been a candidate for the Rotisserie League.The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | August 20, 2020 | Freakonomics
In contemporary times, researchers have sought to understand the ways in which rituals bind people together.Why do we miss the rituals put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic? | Sujata Gupta | August 14, 2020 | Science News
Price does not contain all relevant information for many shoppers in a contemporary supermarket.How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | August 6, 2020 | Freakonomics
Which is why Haile’s contemporaries have been mostly forgiving about Scroll, the ad-free subscription service he teased for three years before finally launching widely six months ago.Inside Tony Haile’s expedition to (help) save the news business | Steven Perlberg | July 27, 2020 | Digiday
Some contemporary police have military backgrounds to fall back on.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall | Matt Gallagher | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That goes for its contemporary membership roster as well as for the photographers represented in the exhibition.
Paris as depicted by contemporary photography appears… lackluster.
But contemporary classical music has changed, and the field is now spawning many appealing and genre-bending works.
According to contemporary reports, at several of the truces, there were rough soccer matches between the German and British sides.
He was contemporary with Milton, and preferred before him by critics of the day, but has now sunk into oblivion.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
But while the older schools of art delighted him, he followed with no less attention the movement of contemporary painting.Bastien Lepage | Fr. Crastre
Why therefore did the elder Amati, contemporary and probably pupil of Gaspar di Salo, change the model and size of the instrument?Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
We gather that in our contemporary's opinion it is high time that our Universities recognised "the writing on the wall."
Decollat,” says a contemporary document, with a grim succinctness, “in castrum Londin: vulgo turris appellatur.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for contemporary
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
journalism a rival newspaper
- contemporarily, adverb
- contemporariness, noun
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