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modern

adjective mod·ern \ ˈmä-dərn , nonstandard ˈmä-d(ə-)rən \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of modern

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.

modernity

play \mə-ˈdər-nə-tē, mä-, -ˈder-\ noun

modernly

play \ˈmä-dərn-lē\ adverb

modernness

play \-dərn-nəs\ noun

Examples of modern in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of modern

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

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modern

noun

Definition of modern

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

  1. the leaders of the American suffragists were originally regarded by many people as uppity moderns who should have stayed in their place

Recent Examples of modern from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of modern



MODERN Defined for English Language Learners

modern

adjective

Definition of modern for English Language Learners

  • : 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


modern

noun

Definition of modern for English Language Learners

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

  • : a modern artist or writer


MODERN Defined for Kids

modern

adjective mod·ern \ ˈmä-dərn \

Definition of modern for Students

1 : of or characteristic of the present time or times not long past
  • modern machinery
2 : of a style or way of thinking that is new and different
  • modern ideas
3 : having a style that is newer and different from older, more traditional styles
  • modern dance
4 : of the period from about 1500 to the present
  • modern history


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