[moh-dairn, muh-]


pretentiously modern; striving to appear modern but lacking style or conviction.
(often initial capital letter) of or noting a style of decorative art and architecture of the 1930s and 1940s that was influenced by streamlined industrial design of airplanes, ships, and cars: usually considered to be a later development of art deco.

Origin of moderne

< French: modern Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for moderne

Historical Examples of moderne

  • I have now cited such Authors both ancient and moderne, who have directly maintained the same opinion.

  • Hffding's protest against the use of the word "radicalism" applied to Nietzsche, in Moderne Filosofer, is thus beside the mark.

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Georg Brandes

British Dictionary definitions for moderne



mainly US of or relating to the style of architecture and design, prevalent in Europe and the US in the late 1920s and 1930s, typified by the use of straight lines, tubular chromed steel frames, contrasting inlaid woods, etcCompare Art Deco
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