- 1Of or relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past: the pace of modern life modern U.S. historyMore example sentences
- Interestingly the exhibitions link past and present with some modern artefacts and photos on display.
- Over the past decades, modern encroachments and thoughtless building have marred the historic fabric of the city.
- The comment remains true of periods of the much more recent past, including Australian social history of the modern period.
- 1.1Characterized by or using the most up-to-date techniques, ideas, or equipment: they do not have modern weaponsMore example sentences
- The small fields we see around us, which tourists come to look at, are not helpful when it comes to modern equipment and cultivation techniques.
- Give troops the very best training and most modern weapons and equipment.
- The roof has been repaired and modern kitchen equipment installed.
- 1.2 [attributive] Denoting the form of a language that is currently used, as opposed to any earlier form: modern GermanMore example sentences
- Some examples of words which never made it into the modern language.
- The Italian was the only modern language which possessed anything that could be called a literature.
- If that's true, the evolution of recursion may have brought modern language into existence.
- 1.3 [attributive] Denoting a current or recent style or trend in art, architecture, or other cultural activity marked by a significant departure from traditional styles and values: Matisse’s contribution to modern artMore example sentences
- Degas was an artist torn between traditional art and the modern impressionist movement.
- The exhibition of the year brings together major masterpieces by the two giants of modern art, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.
- He called on architects to combine traditional Chinese styles with modern trends.
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- A person who advocates or practices a departure from traditional styles or values.More example sentences
- Not so with those moderns whose primary scientific values are oriented to the predictable future, and who often relegate the past to, well, simply history.
- And while the church has made only the barest concessions to modernity, the moderns love the church - at least to gawk at.
- The romantics place former greats at the top, while those with little feel for history or tradition opt for the moderns.
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- I do not want to criticize the government for inviting foreign designers to plan these suburban projects, which will benefit the farming population by providing them with clean and modernly equipped apartments.
- You can spend one or two days here living in the villas on the mountains, which, unfortunately, are modernly designed.
- I simply want to know how you feel about them modernly.
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- It gave the coupe a feeling of elegance and modernness.
- The whole collection was about the moderness of New York City, and the modernness of the buildings.
- The unorthodox phrasing abstracts the original material and gives the composition an edgy modernness.
late Middle English: from late Latin modernus, from Latin modo 'just now'.