Definitions of modern

  1. ahead of the times; " the advanced teaching methods"; " had advanced views on the subject"; " a forward- looking corporation"; " is British industry innovative enough?"
  2. a typeface ( based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes
  3. relating to a recently developed fashion or style; " their offices are in a modern skyscraper"; " tables in modernistic designs";
  4. a contemporary person
  5. characteristic of present- day art and music and literature and architecture
  6. ( linguistics) used of a living language; being the current stage in its development; " Modern English"; " New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"
  7. belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages; " modern art"; " modern furniture"; " modern history"; " totem poles are modern rather than prehistoric"
  8. used of a living language; being the current stage in its development; " Modern English"; " New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"
  9. 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.
  10. New and common; trite; commonplace.
  11. A person of modern times; - opposed to ancient.
  12. Pertaining to the present time; recent.
  13. A person of the present time.
  14. Modernist.
  15. Limited to the present or recent time: not ancient.
  16. One of modern times:- pl. the nations after the Greeks and Romans, who are called the ancients.
  19. Of recent time; not ancient.
  20. One of modern times.
  21. Pertaining to a recent period; not ancient.
  22. A person of modern times.
  23. Pertaining to the present time; recent or new.
  24. Those of modern times, as opposed to ancients. See Mods.
  25. Pert. to the present, or time not long past; late; recent; not ancient.
  26. One of modern times, as opposed to one of anc. Times.

Usage examples for modern

  1. That is a discovery of modern science. – The Evolution of the Dragon by G. Elliot Smith
  2. Thus is rounded out this very romantic chapter of modern American history. – The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees by Mary Caroline Crawford
  3. " I had no idea that you were so modern dearest mother," laughed Orsino. – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  4. In the modern dressing machine, such as that illustrated in Fig. – The Jute Industry: From Seed to Finished Cloth by T. Woodhouse and P. Kilgour
  5. They are evidently of modern date. – The Bible in Spain by George Borrow
  6. 2. When did the modern Negro problem come into existence? – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  7. Similar conditions seem to lead to similar legislation throughout the modern world. – Popular Law-making by Frederic Jesup Stimson
  8. " A boy," the man answered; " and I count it good luck that you men of modern ways should be the first we meet on our way to church. – The Delectable Duchy by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  9. We live in modern times. – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  10. He is not like a modern every- day boy, at all. – The Princess Passes by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  11. In this modern age, the old style one won't do. – Black Man's Burden by Dallas McCord Reynolds
  12. How long would it have taken Russia to grow into modern civilization? – A Short History of Russia by Mary Platt Parmele
  13. Very few modern people of course have any idea of what they are. – George Bernard Shaw by Gilbert K. Chesterton
  14. In this particular, however, these nations are not singular, neither in ancient nor in modern times. – Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton by John Barrow
  15. And it was very modern – The Window-Gazer by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
  16. Let us see, briefly, how it came into modern science. – The Story of Evolution by Joseph McCabe
  17. Here, then, is the receiving department of this great single retailing machine of modern business. – The Romance of a Great Store by Edward Hungerford
  18. Modern methods of efficiency have been applied to charity for the first time. – H. R. by Edwin Lefevre
  19. " Captain Jack is a modern pirate, all right," the lad told himself. – The Boy Allies with Uncle Sams Cruisers by Ensign Robert L. Drake
  20. Sebennitis, the modern Samanhud, i. – Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton