What does Modern mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term Modern:

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"


  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

  4. Origin: [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

    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

Anagrams for Modern »

  1. nerdom

  2. normed

How to pronounce Modern?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Modern in sign language?

  1. modern


  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. Albert Einstein:

    pillar of modern science

  2. Albert Dayan:

    He's a modern day American hero.

  3. Paul Keim:

    Thanks to modern genetic sequencing.

  4. Gregory Poling:

    Reputational damage matters to modern states.

  5. Lucy McBath:

    This is our modern day civil rights movement.

Images & Illustrations of Modern

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