contemporary Definition

  • 1living or occurring at the same time
  • 2belonging to or occurring in the present
  • 3modern or up-to-date in style, design, or technology

Using contemporary: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "contemporary" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    Contemporary art often challenges traditional ideas.

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    The novel is a contemporary work of fiction.

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    She enjoys listening to contemporary music.

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    The building's design is very contemporary.

contemporary Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with contemporary

  • a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, and classical ballet


    She trained in contemporary dance for several years before joining the company.

  • the study of historical events from the end of World War II to the present day


    He specializes in contemporary history and has written several books on the subject.

  • literary works written in the present time period


    Her favorite genre is contemporary literature, and she reads several new books each month.

Origins of contemporary

from Latin 'con-' meaning 'together' and 'tempus' meaning 'time'


Summary: contemporary in Brief

The term 'contemporary' [kənˈtɛmpərəri] refers to things that exist or occur at the same time, or belong to the present. It can describe anything from art to literature to technology, as in 'She enjoys listening to contemporary music.' 'Contemporary' extends into phrases like 'contemporary dance,' which combines elements of several dance genres, and 'contemporary history,' which covers events from the end of World War II to the present day.

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