Definition of modern in English:

modern

Line breaks: mod¦ern
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒd(ə)n
 
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adjective

1Relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past: the pace of modern life modern European history
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1Characterized by or using the most up-to-date techniques, ideas, or equipment: they do not have modern weapons
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  • 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.
Synonyms
fashionable, in fashion, in, in style, in vogue, up to date, up to the minute, all the rage, trendsetting, stylish, voguish, modish, chic, smart, the latest, new, newest, newfangled, new-fashioned, fresh, modernistic, advanced, progressive, forward-looking; Frenchà la mode
informal trendy, cool, flash, with it, swinging, now, hip, happening, snazzy, natty, nifty, go-ahead
North American informal kicking, kicky, tony, fly, spiffy, sassy, stylin'
1.2 [attributive] Denoting the form of a language that is currently used, as opposed to any earlier form: modern German
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  • 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 art
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  • 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.

noun

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A person who advocates or practises a departure from traditional styles or values: they were moderns, they must not look back towards the old generation
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  • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin modernus, from Latin modo 'just now'.

Derivatives

modernly

adverb
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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.

modernness

Pronunciation: /ˈmɒd(ə)nnɪs/
noun
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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.

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