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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kuh n-tem-puh-rer-ee]
    • /kənˈtɛm pəˌrɛr i/
    • /kənˈtemprəri/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kuh n-tem-puh-rer-ee]
    • /kənˈtɛm pəˌrɛr i/

Definitions of contemporary word

  • adjective contemporary Contemporary things are modern and relate to the present time. 3
  • adjective contemporary Contemporary people or things were alive or happened at the same time as something else you are talking about. 3
  • countable noun contemporary Someone's contemporary is a person who is or was alive at the same time as them. 3
  • adjective contemporary belonging to the same age; living or occurring in the same period of time 3
  • adjective contemporary existing or occurring at the present time 3
  • adjective contemporary conforming to modern or current ideas in style, fashion, design, etc 3

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Origin of contemporary

First appearance:

before 1625
One of the 42% oldest English words
1625-35; < Late Latin contempor- (see contemporize) + -ary

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Contemporary


contemporary popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

contemporary usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for contemporary

adj contemporary

  • new — other than the former or the old: a new era; in the New World.
  • present-day — current; modern: present-day techniques; present-day English.
  • instant — an infinitesimal or very short space of time; a moment: They arrived not an instant too soon.
  • current — A current is a steady and continuous flowing movement of some of the water in a river, lake, or sea.
  • present — being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current: increasing respect for the present ruler of the small country.

adjective contemporary

  • modern — of or relating to present and recent time; not ancient or remote: modern city life.
  • ongoing — continuing without termination or interruption: ongoing research projects.
  • coexistent — Existing at the same time as something else.

noun contemporary

  • coequal — of the same size, rank, etc
  • peer — a person of the same legal status: a jury of one's peers.
  • classmate — Your classmates are students who are in the same class as you at school or college.
  • contemporaries — existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time: Newton's discovery of the calculus was contemporary with that of Leibniz.

Antonyms for contemporary

adj contemporary

  • future — time that is to be or come hereafter.
  • old-fashioned — of a style or kind that is no longer in vogue: an old-fashioned bathing suit.
  • preceding — that precedes; previous: Refer back to the footnote on the preceding page.
  • old — far advanced in the years of one's or its life: an old man; an old horse; an old tree.
  • past — gone by or elapsed in time: It was a bad time, but it's all past now.

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