1. Of or pertaining to the present time, or time not long past; late; not ancient or remote in past time; of recent period; as, modern days, ages, or time; modern authors; modern fashions; modern taste; modern practice.
2. New and common; trite; commonplace. [Obs.]
We have our philosophical persons, to make modern and familiar, things supernatural and causeless. --Shak.
Modern English. See the Note under English.
Mod·ern, n. A person of modern times; -- opposed to ancient.
adj 1: belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages; "modern
art"; "modern furniture"; "modern history"; "totem
poles are modern rather than prehistoric" [ant: nonmodern]
2: relating to a recently developed fashion or style; "their
offices are in a modern skyscraper"; "tables in
modernistic designs"; [syn: mod, modernistic]
3: characteristic of present-day art and music and literature
4: ahead of the times; "the advanced teaching methods"; "had
advanced views on the subject"; "a forward-looking
corporation"; "is British industry innovative enough?"
[syn: advanced, forward-looking, innovative]
5: used of a living language; being the current stage in its
development; "Modern English"; "New Hebrew is Israeli
Hebrew" [syn: New]
n 1: a contemporary person
2: a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista
Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs
and heavy downstrokes [syn: modern font, Bodoni, Bodoni
font] [ant: old style]