modern

adjective
mod·​ern | \ ˈmä-dərn How to pronounce modern (audio) , nonstandard ˈmä-d(ə-)rən\

Definition of modern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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.

modern

noun

Definition of modern (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

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Other Words from modern

Adjective

modernly \ ˈmä-​dərn-​lē How to pronounce modernly (audio) \ adverb
modernness \ ˈmä-​dərn-​nəs How to pronounce modernness (audio) \ noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Located beside the river downtown, the century-old museum is home to one of the largest collections of Greek and Roman antiquities in the Southeast and hosts all manner of visiting exhibitions of ancient, modern and contemporary art. Washington Post, "Tampa reinvents itself to show off its shores," 8 Nov. 2019 At first, this relentless self-reflection seems solipsistic and overdone—a kind of post-modern posturing—but the ultimate effects are subtler and deeper. The Economist, "The slippery talent of Emmanuel Carrère," 7 Nov. 2019 If you're intimidated by the idea of a magenta Douglas fir, or a neon hue sounds a little modern and not your style, consider the other options below. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Search Volume for Pink Christmas Trees Is Up 125% This Year," 6 Nov. 2019 The true wrap style allows for flattering custom fit and easy to maintain modesty while still looking modern and feminine. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "Amazon Shoppers Call This Best-Selling Work Dress ‘Stunning,’ and It’s on Sale for as Low as $10 Today," 5 Nov. 2019 The modern, 4,494-square-foot home is on an 8,697-square-foot lot. Houston Chronicle, "Jamestown Estate Homes highlights new homes in Memorial," 2 Nov. 2019 Chase is a tantalizing place, sleek and modern and picturesque. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors fans reluctantly accept new reality without Stephen Curry," 1 Nov. 2019 This modern take on a doll house hides 85 surprises for your child to discover. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "20 gifts kids will want from the 2019 Amazon Toy List," 1 Nov. 2019 In addition to the usual beer stores and bars, Casa Humilde hopes to use its niche approach to land the beer in Mexican restaurants, both classic and modern, and seafood restaurants. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago brothers bring Mexican-American heritage to craft beer with new brewery Casa Humilde Cerveceria," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These were the Neanderthals and Denisovans, archaic humans who interbred with those early moderns, leaving bits of their DNA behind today in the genomes of people of non-African descent. Wired, "Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome," 10 Feb. 2019 These were the Neanderthals and Denisovans, archaic humans who interbred with those early moderns, leaving bits of their DNA behind today in the genomes of people of non-African descent. Jordana Cepelewicz, WIRED, "Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome," 10 Feb. 2019 One school of thought holds moderns were able to displace Neandertals by virtue of superior intellect and symbolic capabilities, including language. Kate Wong, Scientific American, "Ancient Cave Paintings Clinch the Case for Neandertal Symbolism," 23 Feb. 2018 The latest is a three-story modern on the banks of the Meteghan River in Nova Scotia, promoted as able to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage," 23 Aug. 2019 These were the Neanderthals and Denisovans, archaic humans who interbred with those early moderns, leaving bits of their DNA behind today in the genomes of people of non-African descent. Wired, "Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome," 10 Feb. 2019 These were the Neanderthals and Denisovans, archaic humans who interbred with those early moderns, leaving bits of their DNA behind today in the genomes of people of non-African descent. Jordana Cepelewicz, WIRED, "Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome," 10 Feb. 2019 The moderns forecast, or attempt to forecast, economic growth, inflation, employment. James Grant, WSJ, "The Fed Could Use a Golden Rule," 11 July 2019 And when lyricists and musicians begin drawing not from tradition but from fellow modern, revenue-conscious entertainers, the results get more contentious. Washington Post, "In a globalized world, music fragments take unexpected roads," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of modern

Adjective

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for modern

Adjective and Noun

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

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The first known use of modern was in 1585

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Cite this Entry

“Modern.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/modernness. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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modern

adjective
How to pronounce modern (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of modern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of modern (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has modern ideas, tastes, or attitudes
: a modern artist or writer

modern

adjective
mod·​ern | \ ˈmä-dərn How to pronounce modern (audio) \

Kids Definition of modern

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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