What does Modern mean?

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ˈmɒd ərnmod·ern

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. modernnoun

    a contemporary person

  2. modern, modern font, Bodoni, Bodoni fontadjective

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

  3. modernadjective

    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, modernisticadjective

    relating to a recently developed fashion or style

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

  5. modernadjective

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

  6. advanced, forward-looking, innovative, modernadjective

    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, Newadjective

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

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


  1. modernnoun

    Someone who lives in modern times.

  2. modernadjective

    Pertaining to the current time and style.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MODERNnoun

    Etymology: moderne, Fr. from modernus, low Latin, supposed a casual corruption of hodiernus. Vel potius ab adverbio modò, modernus, ut a die diurnus. Ains.

    Some of the ancient, and likewise divers of the modern writers, that have laboured in natural magick, have noted a sympathy between the sun and certain herbs. Francis Bacon.

    The glorious parallels then downward bring
    To modern wonders, and to Britain’s king. Matthew Prior.

    Trifles, such as we present modern friends withal. William Shakespeare.

    The justice
    With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
    Full of wise saws and modern instances. William Shakespeare.

    We have our philosophical persons to make modern and familiar things supernatural and causeless. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Modernadjective

    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. Modernadjective

    new and common; trite; commonplace

  3. Modernnoun

    a person of modern times; -- opposed to ancient

  4. Etymology: [F. moderne, L. modernus; akin to modo just now, orig. abl. of modus measure; hence, by measure, just now. See Mode.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Modern

    mod′ėrn, adj. limited to the present or recent time: not ancient: (Shak.) commonplace.—n. one who lives in modern times: (pl.) the nations of the present day, distinguished from the Greeks and Romans—the ancients.—n. Modernisā′tion.—v.t. Mod′ernise, to adapt to the present time.—ns. Mod′erniser; Mod′ernism, modern practice or character: something of modern origin; Mod′ernist, an admirer of modern ideas or habits.—adv. Mod′ernly.—ns. Mod′ernness, Mod′ernity, state or quality of being modern. [Fr.,—L. modernusmodo; just now, orig. abl. of modus.]

Editors Contribution

  1. modern

    The current time.

    Modern house decor is personal to the people that live there.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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

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

  3. Adjectives Frequency

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

Anagrams for Modern »

  1. nerdom

  2. normed

  3. morned

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Modern in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Modern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Modern in a Sentence

  1. Guntupalli Prasad:

    Sequential laying is the release of eggs one by one with some time gap in between two laying events. This is seen in birds. Modern reptiles, for example turtles and crocodiles, on the other hand, lay all eggs together as a clutch.

  2. Jennifer Stefano:

    In the modern era, the spouse should not have to subjugate themselves to their powerful husband or wife, i mean, you still have a First Amendment right.

  3. Stephen Belcher:

    We’ve had similar natural events in the past, yet this is the first time we are set to reach the 1 degree marker and it’s clear that it is human influence driving our modern climate into uncharted territory.

  4. Marcus Noland:

    North Korea is attempting to tweak or improve the efficiency of the existing socialist or state-dominated system, but it is not pursuing any fundamental reform, indeed, use of the word 'reform' is forbidden. The regime wants the country to be modern, wants it to be prosperous, but wants these things on its own terms.

  5. Julie Krafchick:

    We can't have amnesia that dating wasn't perfect before, part of the reason we created the podcast in the first place was to answer the question,' What the f ** k is wrong with modern dating ?'.

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