Definition of Modern English

1. Noun. English since about 1450.

Generic synonyms: English, English Language

Definition of Modern English

1. Proper noun. The English language spoken since the great vowel shift, completed in roughly 1550. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Modern English

Mobius band
Mobius bands
Mobius strip
Mobius strips
Mobula hypostoma
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Modest Moussorgsky
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Modest Petrovich Moussorgsky
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Literary usage of Modern English

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1. The History of the English Language by Oliver Farrar Emerson (1894)
"Yet there have been some changes of a general nature that may be rightly chronicled in a chapter on the modern speech, while the dialects of Modern English, ..."

2. The History of the Norman Conquest of England: Its Causes and Its Results by Edward Augustus Freeman (1876)
"Latin does not stand to French in exactly the same relation in which Old-English stands to modern English. The exact parallel would be if the older form of ..."

3. A New English Grammar, Logical and Historical by Henry Sweet (1900)
"Modern English. 629. In the Middle period literary English was still distinctly an inflectional language. In the Modern period it became mainly ..."

4. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1911)
"Architects ot the modern English home; work of RB Parker. House 1!. 30: 316-23. S. •11. ... Modern English furniture. Craftsman. 21: 89- 95. O. '11. 8, '10. ..."

5. The English Language by Logan Pearsall Smith (1912)
"CHAPTER IH Modern English THE flooding of the English vocabulary with French words began, as we have seen, ..."

6. Treasures of Art in Great Britain: Being an Account of the Chief Collections by Gustav Friedrich Waagen (1854)
"THE admirable collection of modern English pictures presented to the nation by the liberality of Robert Vernon, Esq., having found no appropriate space for ..."

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