1. coexistent, concurrent, simultaneous. Contemporary, contemporaneous, coeval, coincident all mean happening or existing at the same time. Contemporary often refers to persons or their acts or achievements: Hemingway and Fitzgerald, though contemporary, shared few values. Contemporaneous is applied chiefly to events: the rise of industrialism, contemporaneous with the spread of steam power. Coeval refers either to very long periods of time—an era or an eon—or to remote or long ago times: coeval stars, shining for millenia with equal brilliance; coeval with the dawning of civilization. Coincident means occurring at the same time but without causal or other relationships: prohibition, coincident with the beginning of the 1920s.
Several contemporary sculptors recently have taken up the challenge of creating impossible art.
contemporary theories of reinforcement learning are rooted in the dopaminergic reward system.
And honey's been mixed into contemporary medicine as well, as a bacteria fighter.
contemporary curricula strongly emphasize the study of tropical rain forests.
contemporary curricula strongly emphasize the study of tropical rainforests.
Numerous wars and invasions, both ancient and contemporary, have contributed to the city's decline.
Some studies, for example, show contemporary changes in isolated populations of salmon or bird species.
Eight-room designer hotel makes good use of textures and the occasional splash of color to be both contemporary and warm.
Included in the contemporary king cake repertoire, are filled king cakes.
contemporary skateboards and skateboard art will be on display.
British Dictionary definitions for contemporary
belonging to the same age; living or occurring in the same period of time
existing or occurring at the present time
conforming to modern or current ideas in style, fashion, design, etc
having approximately the same age as one another
noun (pl) -raries
a person living at the same time or of approximately the same age as another
something that is contemporary
(journalism) a rival newspaper
contemporarily, adverb contemporariness, noun
Since contemporary can mean either of the same period or of the present period, it is best to avoid this word where ambiguity might arise, as in a production of Othello in contemporary dress. Modern dress or Elizabethan dress should be used in this example to avoid ambiguity
C17: from Medieval Latin contemporārius, from Latin com- together + temporārius relating to time, from tempus time
1630s, from M.L. contemporarius, from L. con- "with" + temporarius "of time," from tempus "time" (see temper). Meaning "modern, characteristic of the present" is from 1866. Noun sense of "one who lives at the same time as another" is from 1630s, replacing native time-fellow (1570s).