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/ ˈmɒd ərn /
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of or relating to present and recent time; not ancient or remote: modern city life.
characteristic of present and recent time; contemporary; not antiquated or obsolete: modern viewpoints.
of or relating to the historical period following the Middle Ages: modern European history.
of, relating to, or characteristic of contemporary styles of art, literature, music, etc., that reject traditionally accepted or sanctioned forms and emphasize individual experimentation and sensibility.
(initial capital letter) new (def. 12).
Typography. noting or descriptive of a font of numerals in which the body aligns on the baseline, as 1234567890. Compare old style (def. 3).
a person of modern times.
a person whose views and tastes are modern.
Printing. a type style differentiated from old style by heavy vertical strokes and straight serifs.
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Origin of modern
1490–1500; from Middle French moderne, from Late Latin modernus, equivalent to Latin mod(o), mod(ō), “lately, just now” (originally ablative singular of modusmode1) + -ernus adjective suffix of time
synonym study for modern
1. Modern, recent, late apply to that which is near to or characteristic of the present as contrasted with any other time. Modern is applied to those things that exist in the present age, especially in contrast to those of a former age or an age long past; hence the word sometimes has the connotation of up-to-date and, thus, good: modern ideas. That which is recent is separated from the present or the time of action by only a short interval; it is new, fresh, and novel: recent developments. Late may mean nearest to the present moment: the late reports on the battle.
OTHER WORDS FROM modern
mod·ern·ly, adverbmod·ern·ness, nounan·ti·mod·ern, adjective, nounan·ti·mod·ern·ly, adverb
an·ti·mod·ern·ness, nounhy·per·mod·ern, adjectivenon·mod·ern, adjective, nounnon·mod·ern·ly, adverbnon·mod·ern·ness, nounpre·mod·ern, adjectivepro·mod·ern, adjectivepseu·do·mod·ern, adjectivequasi-modern, adjectivesu·per·mod·ern, adjectiveun·mod·ern, adjective
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How to use modern in a sentence
There’s an outhouse nearby, but no running water or other modern trappings.On mountain bikes in the Utah desert, a college reunion like no other|John Briley|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Little surprise, then, that time is gold when it comes to managing modern-day relationships.Can Technology Save Your Marriage?|Joshua Eferighe|November 20, 2020|Ozy
Already, the researchers have found peculiarities in the genomes of passerines — the order of songbirds that includes over half of all modern bird species, though the origin of this diversity is poorly understood.Hundreds of new genomes help fill the bird ‘tree of life’|Jake Buehler|November 17, 2020|Science News
There is a large amount of mid-century modern architecture, many of which is being updated.Fort Lauderdale: Florida’s LGBTQ Capital|LGBTQ-Editor|November 17, 2020|No Straight News
The modern world overwhelms us with sounds we didn’t ask for, like car alarms and cell-phone “halfalogues.”Please Get Your Noise Out of My Ears (Ep. 439)|Stephen J. Dubner|November 12, 2020|Freakonomics
At least in premodern Europe and Puritan North America, witch-hunting follows certain patterns.Will Saudi Arabia Execute Guest Workers for 'Witchcraft'?|Michael Schulson|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for modern
/ (ˈmɒdən) /
of, involving, or befitting the present or a recent time; contemporary
of, relating to, or characteristic of contemporary styles or schools of art, literature, music, etc, esp those of an experimental kind
belonging or relating to the period in history from the end of the Middle Ages to the present
a contemporary person
printing a type style that originated around the beginning of the 19th century, characterized chiefly by marked contrast between thick and thin strokesCompare old face
Derived forms of modernmodernly, adverbmodernness, noun
Word Origin for modern
C16: from Old French, from Late Latin modernus, from modō (adv) just recently, from modus mode
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