Definitions for modernˈmɒd ərn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mod•ern*ˈmɒd ərn(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to present and recent time.

  2. characteristic of present and recent time; contemporary.

  3. of or pertaining to the historical period following the Middle Ages.

    Category: Western History

  4. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of contemporary styles of art, literature, music, etc., that reject traditionally accepted or sanctioned forms and emphasize individual experimentation and sensibility.

    Category: Music and Dance, Literature, Fine Arts

  5. (cap.)

    Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: new (def. 12). 12

  6. (n.)a person of modern times.

  7. a person whose views and tastes are modern.

  8. Print. a type style differentiated from old style by heavy vertical strokes and straight serifs.

* Syn: modern , recent , late apply to that which is near to or characteristic of the present time. modern , which is applied to those things that exist in the present age, sometimes has the connotation of up-to-date and, thus, good: modern ideas. That which is recent is separated from the present or the time of action by only a short interval; it is new, fresh, and novel: recent developments.late may mean nearest to the present moment: the late reports on the battle.

Origin of modern:

1490–1500; < MF moderne < LL modernus= L mod(ō) lately, just now (der. of modusmode1) +-ernus adj. suffix of time


Princeton's WordNet

  1. modern(noun)

    a contemporary person

  2. modern, modern font, Bodoni, Bodoni font(adj)

    a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes

  3. modern(adj)

    belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages

    "modern art"; "modern furniture"; "modern history"; "totem poles are modern rather than prehistoric"

  4. mod, modern, modernistic(adj)

    relating to a recently developed fashion or style

    "their offices are in a modern skyscraper"; "tables in modernistic designs";

  5. modern(adj)

    characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture

  6. advanced, forward-looking, innovative, modern(adj)

    ahead of the times

    "the advanced teaching methods"; "had advanced views on the subject"; "a forward-looking corporation"; "is British industry innovative enough?"

  7. Modern, New(adj)

    used of a living language; being the current stage in its development

    "Modern English"; "New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. modern(adjective)ˈmɒd ərn

    current or of the present

    modern times

  2. modernˈmɒd ərn

    using recent methods, technology, ideas etc.

    modern machinery; modern teaching methods


  1. modern(Noun)

    Someone who lives in modern times.

  2. modern(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the current time and style.

  3. Origin: From moderne, from modernus; from modo, originally ablative of modus; hence, by measure, "just now". See also mode.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Modern(adj)

    of or pertaining to the present time, or time not long past; late; not ancient or remote in past time; of recent period; as, modern days, ages, or time; modern authors; modern fashions; modern taste; modern practice

  2. Modern(adj)

    new and common; trite; commonplace

  3. Modern(noun)

    a person of modern times; -- opposed to ancient


  1. Modern

    Modern is the sixth studio album by punk rock band Buzzcocks. It was released in 1999. It was arranged and produced by Tony Barber.

Editors Contribution

  1. modern

    Something that is from recent times is modern.

    Modern refrigerators use much less energy than older ones.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'modern' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #739

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'modern' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1382

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'modern' in Adjectives Frequency: #85

Translations for modern

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


belonging to the present or to recent times; not old or ancient

modern furniture/clothes.

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