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adjective mod·ern \ˈmä-dərn, ÷ˈmä-d(ə-)rən\

Simple Definition of modern

  • : 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

Full Definition of modern

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  involving recent techniques, methods, or ideas :  up-to-date

  3. 3 capitalized :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the present or most recent period of development of a language

  4. 4 :  of or relating to modernism :  modernist

mo·der·ni·ty play \mə-ˈdər-nə-tē, mä-, -ˈder-\ noun
mod·ern·ly play \ˈmä-dərn-lē\ adverb
mod·ern·ness play \-dərn-nəs\ noun

Examples of modern

  1. Water pollution is a growing problem in the modern world.

  2. He's known as the father of modern medicine.

  3. The English that was spoken by William Shakespeare is very different from the modern English spoken today.

  4. She is learning Modern Greek.

  5. They live in one of the most modern cities in the world.

  6. modern methods of communication including e-mail and the Internet

  7. She cut her long hair for a modern look.

  8. He made his old-fashioned apartment look more modern by changing the color of the walls and buying new furniture.

  9. Their latest movie is a modern version of a classic children's story.

  10. 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



noun mod·ern

Simple Definition of modern

  • : a person who has modern ideas, tastes, or attitudes

  • : a modern artist or writer

Full Definition of modern

  1. 1 a :  a person of modern times or views b :  an adherent of modernism :  modernist

  2. 2 :  a style of printing type distinguished by regularity of shape, precise curves, straight hairline serifs, and heavy downstrokes

Examples of modern

  1. <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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of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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