modern

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adjective

mod·​ern ˈmä-dərn How to pronounce modern (audio)
 nonstandard  ˈmä-d(ə-)rən
1
a
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the present or the immediate past : contemporary
the modern American family
b
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a period extending from a relevant remote past to the present time
modern history
2
: involving recent techniques, methods, or ideas : up-to-date
modern methods of communication
3
capitalized : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the present or most recent period of development of a language
Modern English
4
: of or relating to modernism : modernist
Modern art has abandoned the representation of recognizable objects.
modernly adverb
modernness noun

modern

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noun

1
a
: a person of modern times or views
b
: an adherent of modernism : modernist
2
: a style of printing type distinguished by regularity of shape, precise curves, straight hairline serifs, and heavy downstrokes

Examples of modern in a Sentence

Adjective 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. Noun the leaders of the American suffragists were originally regarded by many people as uppity moderns who should have stayed in their place
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Thanks to its beige stucco exterior and being engulfed in greenery, the house sits discreetly in the landscape, while its modern interiors are full of character. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 16 Apr. 2024 Building self-sustaining, modern waste systems globally won’t be cheap. Jim Fitterling, Fortune, 16 Apr. 2024 Based in Taiwan for the past decade, his work focuses on migration and diaspora of Southeast Asians in modern Asia. Patrick Frater, Variety, 16 Apr. 2024 Yet most of those efforts, frankly, are flops—ineffective, impractical, even bizarre ways to force romance to unfold in a manner that isn’t natural to modern courtship. Faith Hill, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2024 Besides his composition, his work as a pianist specializing in modern music is prodigious and impressive, with numerous world premieres. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Apr. 2024 Lucas said that some people came to him seeking tradition, fed up with the way modern Christianity is connected to the latest trends of society. Lauren Costantino, Miami Herald, 15 Apr. 2024 With its soaring vaulted ceilings, skylights, and meticulously crafted details, modern living is effortlessly embraced. Bang Advertising Staff and Correspondents, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 Sotheby’s Book Week will this year be led by an extraordinary collection of modern literature. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 4 Apr. 2024
Noun
For many, an organic modern style pulls ideas and concepts from other contemporary designs, such as modern farmhouse or mid-century modern, but always looking for a sense of peacefulness, serenity, and harmony as a whole. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Mar. 2024 The midcentury modern remodeled by Brad Burch at IndexAD features views of Boulder and the mountains and backs to open space. Sara B. Hansen, The Denver Post, 11 Feb. 2024 Unlike its Art Deco predecessors, finished in wood and bronze, the S.S. U.S. was mid-century modern, its upper works all aluminum, intended to look to the future and also be completely fire-resistant. Brittany Murray/medianews Group/long Beach Press-Telegram Via Getty Images, Curbed, 19 Jan. 2024 To be resilient moderns, Jews needed, rather, a liberal nation rooted in the Hebrew language and a part of the ancient territory; a new Hebrew culture of poets like Hayim Nahman Bialik and, later, Nathan Alterman. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 If mid-century modern is your vibe, this royal blue velvet couch that’s 63 percent off would make a stunning addition to your living room. Alex Nelson, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Welcome back to this blend of mid-century modern and a kitschy take on Americana. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Nov. 2023 From Victorian to mid-century modern, there’s a palette for that Standing in front of an array of hundreds — perhaps thousands — of two- or three-inch paint chips at the hardware store can be intimidating. Kristen Hartke, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 If Scandinavian modern is more your speed, keep your cabinets natural and paint the walls a subtle pastel. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 9 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Noun

Late Latin modernus, from Latin modo just now, from modus measure — more at mete

First Known Use

Adjective

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of modern was in 1585

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Cite this Entry

“Modern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/modern. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

modern

1 of 2 adjective
mod·​ern ˈmäd-ərn How to pronounce modern (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the present or the recent past
2
: of or relating to the period from about 1500 to the present
modern history
Modern English
modernity noun
modernness noun

modern

2 of 2 noun
: a person of modern times or ideas

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