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English adjective: modern

1. modern belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages

SamplesModern art.
Modern furniture.
Modern history.
Totem poles are modern rather than prehistoric.

Similarcontemporary, modern-day, moderne, neo, red-brick, redbrick, ultramodern

See alsocurrent, late, new

Attributecontemporaneity, contemporaneousness, modernism, modernity, modernness


2. modern relating to a recently developed fashion or style

SamplesTheir offices are in a modern skyscraper.
Tables in modernistic designs.

Synonymsmod, modernistic

Similarfashionable, stylish

Antonymsunfashionable, unstylish

3. modern characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture


Antonymsclassical, classic

4. modern ahead of the times

SamplesThe advanced teaching methods.
Had advanced views on the subject.
A forward-looking corporation.
Is British industry innovative enough?.

Synonymsadvanced, forward-looking, innovative



5. Modern used of a living language; being the current stage in its development

SamplesModern English.
New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew.



Domain categorylinguistics

Antonymsmiddle, early

English noun: modern

1. modern (person) a contemporary person

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

2. modern (communication) a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes

SynonymsBodoni, Bodoni font, modern font

Broader (hypernym)proportional font

Antonymsold style, old style font

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