from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to recent times or the present: modern history.
- adj. Characteristic or expressive of recent times or the present; contemporary or up-to-date: a modern lifestyle; a modern way of thinking.
- adj. Of or relating to a recently developed or advanced style, technique, or technology: modern art; modern medicine.
- adj. Avant-garde; experimental.
- adj. Linguistics Of, relating to, or being a living language or group of languages: Modern Italian; Modern Romance languages.
- n. One who lives in modern times.
- n. One who has modern ideas, standards, or beliefs.
- n. Printing Any of a variety of typefaces characterized by strongly contrasted heavy and thin parts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to the current time and style.
- n. Someone who lives in modern times.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the present time, or time not long past; late; not ancient or remote in past time; of recent period
- adj. New and common; trite; commonplace.
- n. A person of modern times; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the present era, or to a period extending from a not very remote past to the passing time; late or recent, absolutely or relatively; not ancient or remote in time.
- Not antiquated or obsolete; in harmony with the ideas and habits of the present: as, modern fashions; modern views of life.
- Common; trite; general; familiar; trivial.
- In heraldry See ancient, 5.
- Synonyms Recent, Late, etc. See new.
- n. One who has lived or lives in modern times, or who lives at the present day, in distinction from one of the ancients, or from one who lived in time past.
- n. One who adopts new views and opinions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. ahead of the times
- n. a contemporary person
- adj. characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture
- adj. belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages
- n. a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes
- adj. used of a living language; being the current stage in its development
- adj. relating to a recently developed fashion or style
French moderne, from Old French, from Late Latin modernus, from Latin modo, in a certain manner, just now, from modō, ablative of modus, manner; see med- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French moderne, from Late Latin modernus; from Latin modo ("just now"), originally ablative of modus ("measure"); hence, by measure, "just now". See also mode. (Wiktionary)