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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The sewage treatment plant is a modern and pleasant place (at least, as pleasant as sewage works get), with pale green buildings and neat rows of trees in the flower beds.—Oliver Franklin-Wallis, WIRED, 30 Nov. 2023 Few figures in modern American history remained so relevant for so long as Mr. Kissinger.—David E. Sanger, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 As industry leaders continue to shape the way brands navigate this landscape, fashion and lifestyle companies are better equipped than ever to ensure their message resonates with the modern digital consumer.—Alison Bringé, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 After a keynote speech from Princess Eugenie and de Boinville, guests were treated to a performance from Dreams, a modern slavery survivors’ choir that was formed during music therapy sessions provided by the Salvation Army.—Mario Abad, Vogue, 30 Nov. 2023 Sachi Sachi's menu offers a modern interpretation of Mediterranean cuisine, paired with flavors and dishes from Japan and elsewhere in Asia.—Jake Emen, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Nov. 2023 Most modern TVs have more than enough performance to be solid gaming monitors, especially ones with 120-Hz refresh rates.—WIRED, 19 Nov. 2023 The goal was to stop it from attracting any modern supporters of Hitler and to sever associations with its painful history.—Graham Bowley, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2023 Its oversized design not only ensures comfort but adds a trendy, modern touch to your outfit, embodying a perfect blend of style and ease.—Matthew Parker, Rolling Stone, 19 Nov. 2023
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 Here’s a handsome midcentury modern that just hit the market: Awkward interior remodels of a 1960 house at 6323 N.W. Manor Drive in Portland’s Forest Park neighborhood have been replaced by thoughtful renovations conceived by the owners and executed by Epic Construction.—Jeastman, oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2023 Functional pieces, clean lines, and contrasting materials and fabrics are just a few of the features of mid-century modern.—Dominique Fluker, Essence, 4 Aug. 2023 Keep in Mind The style skews towards mid-century modern, which may not suit every home’s decor style.—Jamie Weissman, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2023 The latest looks range from clean-line organic modern to the soft curved sofas and rattan pieces reminiscent of the 1970s.—Jeastman, oregonlive, 25 July 2023 See More
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Adjective and Noun
Late Latin modernus, from Latin modo just now, from modus measure — more at mete