What does modern mean?

Definitions for modern
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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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

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. Toshiyuki Sakai:

    This place has always been unique and a place for hospitality, what we are trying to do here is try to carry on this hospitality, take something from tradition but add modern comforts to it.

  2. Huang Yu Han:

    It's a cool place, a bit like Soho in New York, many cool people hang out here. Some come here to read, others just to kill time and meet friends. It's like a place for modern culture and it's close to some of the best nightclubs and bars.

  3. Scott Boras:

    We’ve had an interruption in our sport which was unforeseen and lengthy and when you look back at our bargaining history, there’s not been an interruption of that length in modern time, and for those reasons, I think the clarity of each side’s advances is something that is going to be measured within the framework of the recent influence of the pandemic on baseball.

  4. Mike McCaul:

    They’ve said they’re on the run for many years, and they’re not, i think the airstrikes have ramped up external operations … This is an unprecedented pace of terror in modern times. And so to say they’re on the run … absolutely defies reality.

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    In rural America, we are seeing giant agribusiness conglomerates extract as much wealth out of small communities as they can, while family farmers are going bankrupt and, in many cases, treated like modern-day indentured servants.

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