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Meaning of MODERN

Pronunciation:  'mâdurn

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  1. [n]  a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes
  2. [n]  a contemporary person
  3. [adj]  characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture
  4. [adj]  (linguistics) used of a living language; being the current stage in its development; "Modern English"; "New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"
  5. [adj]  relating to a recently developed fashion or style; "their offices are in a modern skyscraper"; "tables in modernistic designs";
  6. [adj]  belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages; "modern art"; "modern furniture"; "modern history"; "totem poles are modern rather than prehistoric"
  7. [adj]  ahead of the times; "the advanced teaching methods"; "had advanced views on the subject"; "a forward-looking corporation"; "is British industry innovative enough?"
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 Synonyms: advanced, Bodoni, Bodoni font, contemporary, fashionable, forward-looking, innovative, late, mod, modern font, modern-day, Moderne, modernistic, neo, New, nonclassical, progressive, recent, stylish, ultramodern
 Antonyms: nonmodern, old style, old style font
 See Also: current, human, individual, mortal, person, proportional font, somebody, someone, soul



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Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mod"ern\, a. [F. moderne, L. modernus; akin to modo just
    now, orig. abl. of modus measure; hence, by measure, just
    now. See {Mode}.]
    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. --Bacon.
    2. New and common; trite; commonplace. [Obs.]
             We have our philosophical persons, to make modern
             and familiar, things supernatural and causeless.
    {Modern English}. See the Note under {English}.
  2. \Mod"ern\, n.
    A person of modern times; -- opposed to {ancient}. --Pope.
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