Hypertext Webster Gateway: "modern"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Modern \Mod"ern\, n.
A person of modern times; -- opposed to {ancient}. --Pope.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Modern \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}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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
and architecture
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: (linguistics) used of a living language; being the current
stage in its development; "Modern English"; "New Hebrew is
Israeli Hebrew" [syn: {Modern}, {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}]

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