noun (1)
\ˈmäd \

Definition of mod 

(Entry 1 of 5)

: one who wears mod clothes



Definition of mod (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : of, relating to, or being the characteristic style of 1960s British youth culture

2 : hip, trendy

Definition of mod (Entry 3 of 5)

1 moderate

2 modification; modified

3 modulo; modulus


noun (2)
plural mods

Definition of mod (Entry 4 of 5)


: a modification made to something usually by its owner or user in order to change its appearance or function a car mod body mods specifically : a modification made to a software application (such as a video game) by a user in order to change the way the application looks or functions The result is a pair of mods … that replace the game's usual science-based victory condition (achieved by launching a spaceship to Earth's nearest star, Alpha Centauri) with one dedicated to building superintelligent AI. — David Kushner


modded; modding; mods

Definition of mod (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb


: to modify (something) from its original state in order to change its appearance or function It is believed the 16-year-old boy, a learner driver, modded the vehicle himself by adding sirens and flashing lights.— Stefan Kostarelis especially : to modify (a software application, such as a video game) The developer believed the cheaters were ruining the experience for everyone else by modding the game to allow them to pull off moves they shouldn't be able to … . — Nick Santangelo

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Other Words from mod


modder \ ˈmä-​dər \ noun plural modders
Modders have been around at least since the original version of the popular shoot-'em-up Doom, which encouraged users to tweak the program. — Hiawatha Bray

Examples of mod in a Sentence


the young artist's converted loft is decorated in a self-consciously mod style a chichi boutique for mod dressers with deep pockets

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The decade's combination of free-form and mod feels forever resonant—particularly when aesthetics are tweaked to play up au courant trends. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Fendi Gives the Couture Cat Eye a Bold New Runway Spin," 4 July 2018 Yes, Original Sin 2's PC version has mod support and a game master's mode for creating custom campaigns, and that's part of its appeal. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Interview: What went into making Divinity: Original Sin 2’s definitive edition," 21 June 2018 Look for pieces that utilize bold jewel tones (emerald green is especially on-trend right now) to create focal points that give a sense of modern, not mod. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "How to Master a Modern Italian Look at Home," 28 June 2018 Finish the day with a Middle East-inflected supper at the mod diner Olio in a converted gas station, and a cocktail on the patio of retro cocktail joint the Planter’s House. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 15 June 2018 Judging from the series of quick draw scenes, Gomez’s bob plays equally well with glittering, feathered frocks and more casual, mod pairings, so who is to say the video isn’t a prelude to a real-life transformation? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Selena Gomez’s Retro Bob Is the Star of Her New Music Video," 28 May 2018 Throwback notes took on a different guise for Kiersey Clemons, who stepped out in a sleek, geometric chop that skewed slightly mod—though abbreviated bangs kept her raven mane feeling utterly of-the-moment. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks From the Sundance Film Festival," 29 Jan. 2018 The packaging itself is a beautiful mod moment in magenta and sunset orange, or cobalt and shocking violet. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Check Out Proenza Schouler’s Collaboration With Lancôme," 16 May 2018 The interior features a mid-century modern palette of steel grays, whites and blacks complemented by mod tulip-style seats and cool plastic folding-style chairs. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Steingold's is the Jewish deli of the future," 3 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of mod

Noun (1)

1960, in the meaning defined above


1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1943, in the meaning defined above


1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mod

Noun (1)

probably from mod entry 2


short for modern

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