Essential Meaning of contemporary
1 : happening or beginning now or in recent times contemporary [=modern] jazz/poetry/art/furniture The story is old, but it has importance to contemporary [=current] audiences.
2 : existing or happening in the same time period : from the same time period The book is based on contemporary accounts of the war. [=accounts of the war that were written when the war was happening]
Full Definition of contemporary
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Definition of contemporary (Entry 2 of 2)
1 : one that is contemporary with another Petrarch and Chaucer were contemporaries.
2 : one of the same or nearly the same age as another
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