1. Living, occuring, or existing, at the same time; done in, or belonging to, the same times; contemporaneous.
This king [Henry VIII.] was contemporary with the greatest monarchs of Europe. --Strype.
2. Of the same age; coeval.
A grove born with himself he sees,
And loves his old contemporary trees. --Cowley.
Con·tem·po·ra·ry, n.; pl. Contemporaries
1. One who lives at the same time with another; as, Petrarch and Chaucer were contemporaries.
adj 1: characteristic of the present; "contemporary trends in
design"; "the role of computers in modern-day
medicine" [syn: modern-day]
2: belonging to the present time; "contemporary leaders" [syn:
3: occurring in the same period of time; "a rise in interest
rates is often contemporaneous with an increase in
inflation"; "the composer Salieri was contemporary with
Mozart" [syn: contemporaneous]
n : a person of nearly the same age as another [syn: coeval]