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

The upcoming series is a modern, reimaged look into the youth of famed poet Emily Dickinson, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "John Mulaney will play Henry David Thoreau in Apple TV+'s Dickinson," 15 Sep. 2019 In the mainly neutral living room, there's a gray textured wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries, classic armchairs with concrete side panels, ultra-modern custom sofas, paired with a graphic Holland & Sherry rug and Roman shades by Duralee. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Thom Filicia's Latest New York Project is the Perfect Union of Classic and Modern Design," 13 Sep. 2019 What is notable, though, is that Remedy may be using the opportunity to continue one of the most beloved cult classic game franchises of the modern era. Wired, "Loot Boxes Should Be Regulated as Gambling, Parliament Says," 13 Sep. 2019 From the wall coverings to the textiles, woods, stone surfaces, lighting, hardware and decorative pieces, everything is richly textured and feels ultra modern, yet timeless. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lavish casino hotel suites offer taste of the sweet life," 8 Sep. 2019 Her ensemble made for a modern, fresh take on the Versace dresses that supermodels wore around town during the late designer’s nineties heyday. Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Brings ’90s Supermodel Vibes to New York Fashion Week," 7 Sep. 2019 The crest of the MRD cranium, which is surprisingly modern, now challenges this view. Hester Hanegraef, Quartz Africa, "The skull of humanity’s oldest known ancestor is changing our understanding of evolution," 7 Sep. 2019 NewSpring is sleek and modern, resembling a tech startup space. Tim Rohan, SI.com, "Faith, Football and the Fervent Religious Culture at Dabo Swinney's Clemson," 4 Sep. 2019 As in the past, every decorating style will be represented: country, modern, vintage, and traditional. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Hospice of Medina County’s Christmas Treasures store to open on Sept. 16," 25 Aug. 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'modern.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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modern

adjective

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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