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  • adj. Living or being at the same time.
  • n. One who lives at the same time with another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Living or being at the same time; contemporary.
  • n. One who lives at the same time with another; a contemporary.


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  • My purpose was to admit no testimony of living authours, that I might not be misled by partiality, and that none of my cotemporaries might have reason to complain; nor have I departed from this resolution, but when some performance of uncommon excellence excited my veneration, when my memory supplied me, from late books, with an example that was wanting, or when my heart, in the tenderness of friendship, solicited admission for a favourite name.
    —Johnson, preface to his Dictionary

    Sic but obsolete: word now replaced by 'contemporary'.

    October 24, 2008