modern

Modern means contemporary or in the now. A beehive hairdo is not so modern, though depending on the wearer, it could still be hip.

When talking about time, modern is used to mean what's happening right now. Texting your friends rather than calling them is modern. A modern building is more likely to be made out of glass and steel than bricks. In art, however, modern has a more specific meaning, as it defines a style of art produced from the 1860s to the 1970s and includes everyone from Monet to Miro. To be correct, use contemporary to mean art that is being created now.

Primary Meanings of modern

1.
adjn
ahead of the times
a contemporary person
2.
n
a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes
Full Definitions of modern
1

adj ahead of the times

Synonyms:
advanced, forward-looking, innovative
progressive
favoring or promoting progress

adj relating to a recently developed fashion or style

“their offices are in a modern skyscraper”
Synonyms:
mod, modernistic
fashionable, stylish
being or in accordance with current social fashions

adj characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture

Synonyms:
nonclassical
not classical

adj belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages

modern art”
modern furniture”
modern history”
“totem poles are modern rather than prehistoric”
Synonyms:
current
occurring in or belonging to the present time
late
being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
contemporary, modern-day
characteristic of the present
neo
(used as a combining form) recent or new
red-brick, redbrick
of or relating to British universities founded in the late 19th century or the 20th century
ultramodern
extremely modern
moderne
of or relating to a popularization of art deco that used bright colors and rectangular shapes
new
not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
Antonyms:
nonmodern
not modern; of or characteristic of an earlier time
antebellum
belonging to a period before a war especially the American Civil War
horse-and-buggy
relating to the time before automobiles (and other inventions) changed the way people lived in industrialized nations
gothic, mediaeval, medieval
as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened
old-world
characteristic of former times especially in Europe
Victorian
typical of the moral standards or conduct of the age of Queen Victoria
old
of long duration; not new
past
earlier than the present time; no longer current
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n a contemporary person

Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being
2

n a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes

Synonyms:
Bodoni, Bodoni font, modern font
Antonyms:
old style, old style font
a typeface (based on an 18th century design) distinguished by irregularity and slanted ascender serifs and little contrast between light and heavy strokes
Type of:
proportional font
any font whose different characters have different widths

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