AskDefine | Define modern

Dictionary Definition

modern adj
1 belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages; "modern art"; "modern furniture"; "modern history"; "totem poles are modern rather than prehistoric" [ant: nonmodern]
2 relating to a recently developed fashion or style; "their offices are in a modern skyscraper"; "tables in modernistic designs"; [syn: mod, modernistic]
3 characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture
4 ahead of the times; "the advanced teaching methods"; "had advanced views on the subject"; "a forward-looking corporation"; "is British industry innovative enough?" [syn: advanced, forward-looking, innovative]
5 used of a living language; being the current stage in its development; "Modern English"; "New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew" [syn: New]


1 a contemporary person
2 a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes [syn: modern font, Bodoni, Bodoni font] [ant: old style]

User Contributed Dictionary



moderne, modernus; from modo "just now", originally ablative of modus "measure"; hence, by measure, "just now". Seemode.


  • (UK) /ˈmɒd(ə)n/
  • (US) /ˈmɑdɚn/


  1. Pertaining to the current time and style.



Derived terms


Pertaining to the current time and style


  1. Someone who lives in modern times.
    • 1956: Even though we moderns can never crawl inside the skin of the ancient and think and feel as he did..., we must as historians make the attempt. — John Albert Wilson, The Culture of Ancient Egypt, p. 144.


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Extensive Definition

Modern generally means something that is "up-to-date", "new", or from the present time. The term was invented in the early 16th century to describe recent trends. It may refer to:
Modern may also refer to:
  • Modra, a Slovak city, referred to in the German language as "modern"


modern in German: Modern
modern in Dutch: Modern
modern in Portuguese: Moderno
modern in Turkish: Modern
modern in Chinese: 現代 (消歧義)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Young Turk, a la mode, actual, advanced, all the rage, all the thing, arriviste, as is, avant-garde, being, brand-new, bright young man, chic, coincident, comer, concomitant, concurrent, contemporaneous, contemporary, current, existent, existing, extant, far out, fashionable, fledgling, forward-looking, fresh, hip, hot, immanent, immediate, in, in fashion, in style, in vogue, instant, late, latest, latter, mod, modern generation, modern man, modernist, modernistic, modernized, modernizer, modish, neologism, neologist, neology, neonate, neoteric, neoterism, neoterist, new, new generation, new man, new-fashioned, newfangled, newfashioned, nouveau riche, novel, novus homo, now, parvenu, popular, present, present-age, present-day, present-time, prevailing, prevalent, progressive, recent, rising generation, running, smart, streamlined, stripling, stylish, that be, that is, topical, trendy, twentieth-century, ultra-ultra, ultramodern, up-to-date, up-to-datish, up-to-the-minute, upstart, way out, with it
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