1mod·ern adjective \ˈmä-dərn, ÷ˈmä-d(ə-)rən\
: of or relating to the present time or the recent past : happening, existing, or developing at a time near the present time
: of or relating to the current or most recent period of a language
: based on or using the newest information, methods, or technology
a : of, relating to, or characteristic of the present or the immediate past : contemporary
b : of, relating to, or characteristic of a period extending from a relevant remote past to the present time
: involving recent techniques, methods, or ideas : up-to-date
capitalized : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the present or most recent period of development of a language
Examples of MODERN
- Water pollution is a growing problem in the modern world.
- He's known as the father of modern medicine.
- The English that was spoken by William Shakespeare is very different from the modern English spoken today.
- She is learning Modern Greek.
- They live in one of the most modern cities in the world.
- modern methods of communication including e-mail and the Internet
- She cut her long hair for a modern look.
- He made his old-fashioned apartment look more modern by changing the color of the walls and buying new furniture.
- Their latest movie is a modern version of a classic children's story.
- She has modern ideas about dating and marriage.
Origin of MODERN
Late Latin modernus,
from Latin modo
just now, from modus
measure — more at mete
First Known Use: 1585
Related to MODERN
- contemporary, current, designer, hot, mod, modernistic, new, new age, newfangled, new-fashioned, present-day, red-hot, space-age, state-of-the-art, ultramodern, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute
- antiquated, archaic, dated, fusty, musty, oldfangled, old-fashioned, old-time, out-of-date, passé
: a person who has modern ideas, tastes, or attitudes
: a modern artist or writer
: a style of printing type distinguished by regularity of shape, precise curves, straight hairline serifs, and heavy downstrokes
Examples of MODERN
- <the leaders of the American suffragists were originally regarded by many people as uppity moderns who should have stayed in their place>
First Known Use of MODERN
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