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Dictionary definition for: Modern

1. (n) a contemporary person

2. (a) belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages; "modern art" "modern furniture" "modern history" "totem poles are modern rather than prehistoric"

3. (n) a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes

4. (s) relating to a recently developed fashion or style; "their offices are in a modern skyscraper" "tables in modernistic designs"

5. (s) characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture

6. (s) ahead of the times; "the advanced teaching methods" "had advanced views on the subject" "a forward-looking corporation" "is British industry innovative enough?"

7. (s) used of a living language; being the current stage in its development; "Modern English" "New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"

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