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
postmodernismplay \-dər-ˌni-zəm\ noun
postmodernistplay \-nist\ adjective or noun
postmodernityplay \-mə-ˈdər-ne-tē, -mä- also -ˈder-\ noun
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New York is often cited as the birthplace of postmodern dance, but California deserves credit.
The Muppets‘ songs crack wise enough for the postmodern musical set, who, sparked by South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, eventually helped Glee go viral.
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Definition of postmodern for English Language Learners
: of or relating to postmodernism
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