from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Belonging to the same period of time: a fact documented by two contemporary sources.
- adj. Of about the same age.
- adj. Current; modern: contemporary trends in design.
- n. One of the same time or age: Shelley and Keats were contemporaries.
- n. A person of the present age.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. From the same time period, coexistent in time.
- adj. Modern, of the present age.
- n. Someone living at the same time.
- n. Any creature living at the same time.
- n. Something existing at the same time.
- n. Someone of roughly the same age as another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Living, occuring, or existing, at the same time; done in, or belonging to, the same times; contemporaneous.
- adj. Of the same age; coeval.
- n. One who lives at the same time with another.
- n. a person of nearly the same age as another.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Living, existing, or occurring at the same time; contemporaneous: said of persons, things, or events.
- Specifically Living or existing at the same time with one's self.
- Of the same age; coeval.
- n. One living at the same time (with another).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characteristic of the present
- n. a person of nearly the same age as another
- adj. occurring in the same period of time
- adj. belonging to the present time
Medieval Latin contemporārius : Latin com-, com- + Latin tempus, tempor-, time + Latin -ārius, -ary.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since 1631, from Medieval Latin contemporarius, from Latin con- ("with, together") + temporarius ("of time"), from tempus ("time") (Wiktionary)