mo·​derne mō-ˈdern How to pronounce moderne (audio)
often capitalized
moderne adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The design of the Triple Underpass was the product of anonymous highway department engineers, but the result was a work of refined moderne style, the same idiom as the buildings of the contemporaneous Centennial Exposition at Fair Park. Mark Lamster, Reimagining Dealey: We asked a team of leading designers to redesign one of Dallas' most significant spaces, 20 Oct. 2022 The same nautical moderne architecture that makes the villa so charming is reprised in the two modern wings, which were added during a thorough yet sensitive renovation of the original building so that the place is pure Indochine. Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Oct. 2017 Plans are in the works to turn a 1941 moderne-style Texaco station in Koreatown into an independent coffee shop. Neal Broverman, Los Angeles Magazine, 16 Aug. 2017

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Word History


French, modern

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moderne was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Moderne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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