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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [mod-ern]
    • /ˈmɒd ərn/
    • /ˈmɒdn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [mod-ern]
    • /ˈmɒd ərn/

Definitions of modern word

  • adjective modern of or relating to present and recent time; not ancient or remote: modern city life. 1
  • adjective modern characteristic of present and recent time; contemporary; not antiquated or obsolete: modern viewpoints. 1
  • adjective modern of or relating to the historical period following the Middle Ages: modern European history. 1
  • adjective modern of, relating to, or characteristic of contemporary styles of art, literature, music, etc., that reject traditionally accepted or sanctioned forms and emphasize individual experimentation and sensibility. 1
  • adjective modern (initial capital letter) new (def 12). 1
  • adjective modern Typography. noting or descriptive of a font of numerals in which the body aligns on the baseline, as 1234567890. Compare old style (def 3). 1

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Origin of modern

First appearance:

before 1490
One of the 26% oldest English words
1490-1500; < Middle French moderne < Late Latin modernus, equivalent to Latin mod(o), mod(ō) lately, just now (orig. ablative singular of modus mode1) + -ernus adj. suffix of time

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Parts of speech for Modern


modern popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% 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".

modern usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for modern

adj modern

  • state-of-the-art — the latest and most sophisticated or advanced stage of a technology, art, or science.
  • contemporary — Contemporary things are modern and relate to the present time.
  • current — A current is a steady and continuous flowing movement of some of the water in a river, lake, or sea.
  • stylish — characterized by or conforming to style or the fashionable standard; fashionably elegant; smart or chic: She wore a very stylish gown to the inaugural ball.
  • present-day — current; modern: present-day techniques; present-day English.

adjective modern

  • up-to-date — (of persons, buildings, etc.) keeping up with the times, as in outlook, information, ideas, appearance, or style.
  • modernised — to make modern; give a new or modern character or appearance to: to modernize one's ideas; to modernize a kitchen.
  • innovative — tending to innovate, or introduce something new or different; characterized by innovation.
  • progressive — favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters: a progressive mayor.
  • enlightened — Having or showing a rational, modern, and well-informed outlook.

noun modern

  • music — an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.
  • plainsong — the unisonous vocal music used in the Christian church from the earliest times.
  • rock and roll — a style of popular music that derives in part from blues and folk music and is marked by a heavily accented beat and a simple, repetitive phrase structure.
  • bebop — Bebop is a form of jazz music with complex harmonies and rhythms. The abbreviation bop is also used.
  • ragtime — a novel (1975) by E. L. Doctorow.

Antonyms for modern

adj modern

  • old-fashioned — of a style or kind that is no longer in vogue: an old-fashioned bathing suit.
  • future — time that is to be or come hereafter.
  • ancient — Ancient means very old, or having existed for a long time.
  • antiquated — If you describe something as antiquated, you are criticizing it because it is very old or old-fashioned.
  • obsolete — no longer in general use; fallen into disuse: an obsolete expression.

adjective modern

Top questions with modern

  • where was modern pizza invented?
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