contemporary

Things that are contemporary are either happening at the same time or happening now. Contemporary art is recent art.

In history class, if you hear that one famous person was a contemporary of another, that means they lived at the same time. Contemporaries are people and things from the same time period. Contemporary can also describe things happening now or recently. It's common to speak of contemporary music or contemporary furniture, for example. Those things are new, not old. Anything characteristic of the present day can be called contemporary.

Definitions of contemporary
1

adj occurring in the same period of time

“the composer Salieri was contemporary with Mozart”
Synonyms:
contemporaneous
synchronal, synchronic, synchronous
occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase

adj belonging to the present time

contemporary leaders”
Synonyms:
present-day
current
occurring in or belonging to the present time

adj characteristic of the present

contemporary trends in design”
Synonyms:
modern-day
modern
belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages

n a person of nearly the same age as another

Synonyms:
coeval
Type of:
compeer, equal, match, peer
a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

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