modern Definition

  • 1relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past
  • 2characterized by or using the most up-to-date techniques, ideas, or equipment

Using modern: Examples

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

  • Example

    The museum has a collection of modern art.

  • Example

    Modern technology has revolutionized the way we live.

  • Example

    The company uses modern methods of production.

modern Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with modern

  • a style of dance that developed in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet and emphasizes natural movement and expression


    She is a talented modern dancer who performs with a local company.

  • a language that is currently spoken and used in everyday life, as opposed to a dead language


    Spanish is a modern language spoken by millions of people around the world.

  • a style of architecture that emerged in the early 20th century and emphasizes simplicity, functionality, and the use of new materials and technologies


    The building's modern architecture stands out among the older buildings in the city.

Origins of modern

from Late Latin 'modernus', from Latin 'modo' meaning 'just now'


Summary: modern in Brief

The term 'modern' [ˈmɒdən] refers to things that are current or up-to-date, often characterized by the use of the latest techniques, ideas, or equipment. It can describe anything from art to technology, as in 'The museum has a collection of modern art.' 'Modern' extends into phrases like 'modern dance,' and formal terms like 'contemporary,' and informal terms like 'cutting-edge,' denoting the latest trends and innovations.

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