Definition of modern adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdərn//
    Describing art
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  1. 1  [only before noun] of the present time or recent times synonym contemporary the modern industrial world Modern European history modern Greek Stress is a major problem of modern life. Shakespeare's language can be a problem for modern readers.
  2. 2  [only before noun] (of styles in art, music, fashion, etc.) new and intended to be different from traditional styles synonym contemporary modern art/architecture/drama/jazz See related entries: Describing art
  3. 3  (usually approving) using the latest technology, designs, materials, etc. synonym up to date a modern computer system modern methods of farming the most modern, well-equipped hospital in London
  4. 4(of ways of behaving, thinking, etc.) new and not always accepted by most members of society She has very modern ideas about educating her children.
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin modernus, from Latin modo ‘just now’.Extra examples It is the most modern, well-equipped hospital in the country. Modern methods of farming are destroying the countryside. Shakespeare’s language can be a problem for modern readers. The company needs to invest in a modern computer system. The gallery has regular exhibitions of modern art.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: modern