Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Striving to be modern in appearance or style but lacking taste or refinement; pretentious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to a popularization of art deco that used bright colors and rectangular shapes

Etymologies

French, modern, from Old French; see modern.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Peter db bistro moderne is famed for their foie gras burgers, but I doubt that they’ll be on their RW menu as I think it normally runs around $30 by itself.

    My Restaurant Week Lunch at Hatsuhana | Midtown Lunch - Finding Lunch in the Food Wasteland of NYC's Midtown Manhattan

  • By the late 1920s, about a score of companies were mass-producing diners, nearly all in a streamlined art deco style known as moderne, with gleaming stainless-steel exteriors, and insides of polished dark wood and more shiny metal.

    I'm A Stranger Here Myself

  • Ses éléments constitutifs, ses rapports avec les langues secrètes de l'Europe méridionale et l'argot moderne, avec un appendice sur l'argot juge par

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • As for moderne, that is left to the chef, Chris Leahy, an apostle of Daniel Boulud and Laurent Tourondel.

    The New Yorker

  • There are, of course, superficial differences: the paved streets, the cars and trucks and garages, the neon signs, some "moderne" store fronts, the real estate developments at the edge of town, but not only the spirit but most of the geography has remained intact, suspended in vitro, surviving without thriving.

    The Private World of William Faulkner

  • Il faut peut-être établir la distinction suivante entre les victoires des deux résidents de Blenheim Palace : les bains de sang de Blenheim et d’ailleurs en 1704 étaient inspirés par le fanatisme religieux et la soif de pouvoir, illustrant ainsi les instincts les plus barbares du genre humain, tandis que la Seconde Guerre mondiale était, pour utiliser une expression moderne, une guerre nécessaire.

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • She expanded what was then a company making high-quality, hand-crafted repro Chippendale and Hepplewhite by adding an eclectic mix of Chinese lacquerware, Bauhaus modernism and continental-style "moderne" pieces of her own design.

    The Guardian World News

  • Jetzt ist sie selbst kanonisiert worden, während Autoren wieder unglaublich biedere, "moderne" Literatur liefern.

    datenschmutz newsfeed: web 2.0 medien.kultur.technik

  • Riding down Franklin a litle closer to the Clinton Hill border, on the other hand, I came upon a couple of smaller "moderne" looking buildings whose first floor was a wall of garage doors!

    Streetsblog New York City

  • They feel that they would like the House (and for that matter the Senate) to have a more 'moderne' style.

    newmatilda.com - Comments

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  • "A fourteen-story office block faced with stone the color of a stained shirt collar, its windows bearded with soot, ornamented with a smattering of moderne zigzags, the Kramler stood out as a lone gesture of commercial hopefulness in a block filled with low brick 'taxpayers'..."

    "The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay", Michael Chabon, p79

    August 10, 2007