post·​mod·​ern | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈmä-dərn How to pronounce postmodern (audio) , nonstandard -ˈmä-d(ə-)rən \

Definition of postmodern

1 : of, relating to, or being an era after a modern one postmodern times a postmodern metropolis
2a : of, relating to, or being any of various movements in reaction to modernism that are typically characterized by a return to traditional materials and forms (as in architecture) or by ironic self-reference and absurdity (as in literature)
b : of, relating to, or being a theory that involves a radical reappraisal of modern assumptions about culture, identity, history, or language postmodern feminism

Other Words from postmodern

postmodernism \ ˌpōs(t)-​ˈmä-​dər-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce postmodern (audio) \ noun
postmodernist \ ˌpōs(t)-​ˈmä-​dər-​nist How to pronounce postmodern (audio) \ adjective or noun
postmodernity \ ˌpōs(t)-​mə-​ˈdər-​ne-​tē How to pronounce postmodern (audio) , -​mä-​ also  -​ˈder-​ \ noun

Examples of postmodern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, Cochrane died in 1887, a major impediment to designing postmodern architecture. Paul Eisenberg, Chicago Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 The tedium of the pandemic might be behind a shift toward pieces from the postmodern era. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 The atrium brought a splash of postmodern drama to an otherwise low-key structure. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 This was the difference between Gogol’s nineteenth-century tale and my more postmodern predicament: here the nose was continually respawning. Hedley Twidle, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Rather than a departure from his literary work, Handke’s position on Serbia may be of a piece with it—a logical consequence of the postmodern experimentation for which he has long been celebrated. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 The point of the brand — famed for its $1,000 T-shirts and jackets as high as $95,000 — is elitism and a postmodern comment on the nature of money itself. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2022 Wishbone Reserve recently sold a sofa and two chairs by hot postmodern Italian architect Tobia Scarpa for $10,000 on Instagram. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 Ross has never been modern, much less postmodern; with few exceptions, her pictures are in subtly toned black-and-white. Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of postmodern

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Postmodern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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