[mo-dur-ni-tee, moh-]

noun, plural mo·der·ni·ties.

the quality of being modern.
something modern.

Origin of modernity

First recorded in 1620–30; modern + -ity
Related formshy·per·mo·dern·i·ty, noun, plural hy·per·mo·dern·i·ties.un·mo·der·ni·ty, noun, plural un·mo·der·ni·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for modernity

Contemporary Examples of modernity

Historical Examples of modernity

  • Its naïve measures were never obsessed by the straining after modernity.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • "This is the last thing in modernity," and I handed it to her.

    Man and Maid

    Elinor Glyn

  • It surprised the easterners, this evidence of modernity in a pioneer world.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl

  • But Elmer was inclined to laugh at this assumption of modernity.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

  • There is one thing better than modernity,—it is immortality.

British Dictionary definitions for modernity


noun plural -ties

the quality or state of being modern
something modern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for modernity

1620s, from Medieval Latin modernitatem, noun of quality from modernus (see modern).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper