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



    BrE BrE//kənˈtemprəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtempəreri//
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  1. 1  contemporary (with somebody/something) belonging to the same time We have no contemporary account of the battle (= written near the time that it happened). He was contemporary with the dramatist Congreve.
  2. 2  belonging to the present time synonym modern life in contemporary Britain contemporary fiction/music/dance
  3. 3following modern ideas in style or design You can make a room look unique by trying some contemporary colours.
  4. 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).Extra examples She used only strictly contemporary documents to research the book. a composer contemporary with Beethoven a period broadly contemporary with the Shang dynasty She is one of the great innovators of contemporary dance. The film paints a depressing picture of life in contemporary Britain. The prize is awarded for the best piece of contemporary fiction published in that year. modern/​contemporary art/​architecture/​dance/​fiction/​literature/​music/​painting/​culture/​society/​politics/​history the modern/​contemporary world/​scene
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