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Pronunciation:  kun'tempu`reree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person of nearly the same age as another
  2. [adj]  belonging to the present time; "contemporary leaders"
  3. [adj]  characteristic of the present; "contemporary trends in design"; "the role of computers in modern-day medicine"
  4. [adj]  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"

CONTEMPORARY is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: coeval, contemporaneous, current, modern, modern-day, present-day(a), synchronal, synchronic, synchronous
 See Also: compeer, equal, match, peer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*tem"po*ra*ry\, a. [Pref. con- + L. temporarius
    of belonging to time, tempus time. See {Temporal}, and cf.
    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.
  2. \Con*tem"po*ra*ry\, n.; pl. {Contemporaries}.
    One who lives at the same time with another; as, Petrarch and
    Chaucer were contemporaries.
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