[ ree-suhnt ]
/ ˈri sənt /


of late occurrence, appearance, or origin; lately happening, done, made, etc.: recent events; a recent trip.
not long past: in recent years.
of or belonging to a time not long past.
(initial capital letter) Geology. noting or pertaining to the present epoch, originating at the end of the glacial period, about 10,000 years ago, and forming the latter half of the Quaternary Period; Holocene.


Also called Holocene. (initial capital letter) Geology. the Recent Epoch or Series.


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Origin of recent

1525–35; < Latin recent- (stem of recēns) fresh, new


re·cen·cy, re·cent·ness, nounre·cent·ly, adverbqua·si-re·cent, adjectivequa·si-re·cent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for recent (1 of 2)

/ (ˈriːsənt) /


having appeared, happened, or been made not long ago; modern, fresh, or new

Derived forms of recent

recently, adverbrecentness or recency, noun

Word Origin for recent

C16: from Latin recens fresh; related to Greek kainos new

British Dictionary definitions for recent (2 of 2)

/ (ˈriːsənt) /

adjective, noun

geology another word for Holocene
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Scientific definitions for recent

[ rēsənt ]

See Holocene.
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