Definition of Modern

1. Noun. A contemporary person.

Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul

2. Adjective. Belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages. "Totem poles are modern rather than prehistoric"

3. Noun. A typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes.
Exact synonyms: Bodoni, Bodoni Font, Modern Font
Generic synonyms: Proportional Font
Antonyms: Old Style

4. Adjective. Relating to a recently developed fashion or style. "Tables in modernistic designs"
Exact synonyms: Mod, Modernistic
Similar to: Fashionable, Stylish
Derivative terms: Modernity, Modernness, Modernism, Modernism, Modernism

5. Adjective. Characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture.
Similar to: Nonclassical
Derivative terms: Modernity, Modernness

6. Adjective. Ahead of the times. "Is British industry innovative enough?"
Exact synonyms: Advanced, Forward-looking, Innovative
Similar to: Progressive
Derivative terms: Innovativeness, Modernity

7. Adjective. Used of a living language; being the current stage in its development. "New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"
Exact synonyms: New
Category relationships: Linguistics
Similar to: Late
Derivative terms: Modernness

Definition of Modern

1. a. Of or pertaining to the present time, or time not long past; late; not ancient or remote in past time; of recent period; as, modern days, ages, or time; modern authors; modern fashions; modern taste; modern practice.

2. n. A person of modern times; -- opposed to ancient.

Definition of Modern

1. Adjective. Pertaining to the current time and style. ¹

2. Noun. Someone who lives in modern times. ¹

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Definition of Modern

1. pertaining to present or recent time [adj -ERNER, -ERNEST] : MODERNLY [adv] / a person of modern times or views [n -S]

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Literary usage of Modern

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Beginner's History of Philosophy by Herbert Ernest Cushman (1911)
"Beside the great spans of ancient and mediaeval civilizations, the 450 years of the modern period seem brief. The road is indeed relatively short from ..."

2. Old Country and Farming Words: Gleaned from Agricultural Books by James Britten (1880)
"A sheep suckling a lamb not its own (modern Husbandman, IV. i. ... modern Husbandman, I. i.. Commonly used throughout the book. ..."

3. Catholic Socialism by Francesco Saverio Nitti (1895)
"Ancient Socialism and modern Writers—Social Conflicts of Antiquity and Socialism—Socialism and Democracy are modern Phenomena—Ancient Democracies—Terms of ..."

4. The Recovery & Restatement of the Gospel by Loran David Osborn (1903)
"THE modern religious movement was not inaugurated by a priori probabilities ... The movement is due to the modern spirit, the Zeitgeist of our age, ..."

5. History of the United States from the Foundation of Virginia to the by Percy Greg (1887)
"The modern Era -Enlargement of the World—The Indies—Columbian ... IF a line can be drawn between mediaeval and modern times, it should fall athwart the ..."

6. Municipal Government in Continental Europe by Albert Shaw (1895)
"MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT IN CONTINENTAL EUROPE CHAPTER I PARIS: THE TYPICAL modern CITY THE distinctively modern city had its birth in the French Revolution, ..."

7. Municipal Government in Continental Europe by Albert Shaw (1895)
"MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT IN CONTINENTAL EUROPE CHAPTER I PARIS: THE TYPICAL modern CITY THE distinctively modern city had its birth in the French Revolution, ..."

8. American Journal of Education (1860)
"I. EDUCATIONAL APHORISMS AND SUGGESTIONS, ANCIENT AND modern. WE had made some preparation for a series of articles in successive numbers of this Journal, ..."

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