Definition of contemporary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈtemprəri//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtempəreri//
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(pl. contemporaries) a person who lives or lived at the same time as somebody else, especially somebody who is about the same age She and I were contemporaries at college. He was a contemporary of Freud and may have known him. Give or take a few years, they are contemporaries. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin contemporarius, from con- ‘together with’ + tempus, tempor- ‘time’ (on the pattern of Latin contemporaneus and late Latin contemporalis).
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