of or pertaining to present and recent time; not ancient or remote: modern city life.
characteristic of present and recent time; contemporary; not antiquated or obsolete: modern viewpoints.
of or pertaining to the historical period following the Middle Ages: modern European history.
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.
(initial capital letter) new ( def 12 ).
Typography. noting or descriptive of a font of numerals in which the body aligns on the baseline, as 1234567890, Compare old style ( def 3 ).
a person of modern times.
a person whose views and tastes are modern.
Printing. a type style differentiated from old style by heavy vertical strokes and straight serifs.

1490–1500; < Middle French moderne < Late Latin modernus, equivalent to Latin mod(o), mod(ō) lately, just now (orig. ablative singular of modus mode1) + -ernus adj. suffix of time

modernly, adverb
modernness, noun
antimodern, adjective, noun
antimodernly, adverb
antimodernness, noun
hypermodern, adjective
nonmodern, adjective, noun
nonmodernly, adverb
nonmodernness, noun
premodern, adjective
promodern, adjective
pseudomodern, adjective
quasi-modern, adjective
supermodern, adjective
unmodern, adjective

1. Modern, recent, late apply to that which is near to or characteristic of the present as contrasted with any other time. Modern is applied to those things that exist in the present age, especially in contrast to those of a former age or an age long past; hence the word 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. Unabridged
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modern (ˈmɒdən)
1.  of, involving, or befitting the present or a recent time; contemporary
2.  of, relating to, or characteristic of contemporary styles or schools of art, literature, music, etc, esp those of an experimental kind
3.  belonging or relating to the period in history from the end of the Middle Ages to the present
4.  a contemporary person
5.  printing Compare old face a type style that originated around the beginning of the 19th century, characterized chiefly by marked contrast between thick and thin strokes
[C16: from Old French, from Late Latin modernus, from modō (adv) just recently, from modusmode]

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Word Origin & History

"of or pertaining to present or recent times," c.1500, from M.Fr. moderne, from L.L. modernus "modern," from L. modo "just now, in a (certain) manner," from modo "to the measure," abl. of modus "manner, measure" (see mode (1)). In Shakespeare, often with a sense of "every-day,
ordinary, commonplace." Slang abbreviation mod first attested 1960. Modern art is from 1807 (by contrast to ancient); modern dance first attested 1912; first record of modern jazz is from 1955. Modern conveniences first recorded 1926.
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Example sentences
But these examples date from well before the modern age of publicity and
If only his thoughts about the modern world were equally grounded in fact.
Between medieval and modern, Oxford seeks equilibrium.
But that also seems like a ridiculously obvious use of modern technology.
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