contemporary

adjective
con路​tem路​po路​rary | \ k蓹n-藞tem-p蓹-藢rer-膿 How to pronounce contemporary (audio) , -藢re-r膿\

Definition of contemporary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : marked by characteristics of the present period : modern, current contemporary American literature contemporary standards
2 : happening, existing, living, or coming into being during the same period of time The book is based on contemporary accounts of the war.

contemporary

noun
plural contemporaries

Definition of contemporary (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that is contemporary with another Petrarch and Chaucer were contemporaries.
2 : one of the same or nearly the same age as another

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Other Words from contemporary

Adjective

contemporarily \ k蓹n-​藢tem-​p蓹-​藞rer-​蓹-​l膿 How to pronounce contemporarily (audio) \ adverb

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Adjective

contemporary, contemporaneous, coeval, synchronous, simultaneous, coincident mean existing or occurring at the same time. contemporary is likely to apply to people and what relates to them. Abraham Lincoln was contemporary with Charles Darwin contemporaneous is more often applied to events than to people. contemporaneous accounts of the kidnapping coeval refers usually to periods, ages, eras, eons. two stars thought to be coeval synchronous implies exact correspondence in time and especially in periodic intervals. synchronous timepieces simultaneous implies correspondence in a moment of time. the two shots were simultaneous coincident is applied to events and may be used in order to avoid implication of causal relationship. the end of World War II was coincident with a great vintage year

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Contemporary can be confusing because of its slightly different meanings. In everyday use, it generally means simply "modern" or "new". But before the 20th century it instead referred only to things from the same era as certain other things; so, for instance, Jesus was contemporary with the Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius, and Muhammad was contemporary with Pope Gregory the Great. And contemporary is also a noun: thus, Jane Austen's contemporaries included Coleridge and Wordsworth, and your own contemporaries were born around the same year that you were.

Examples of contemporary in a Sentence

Adjective

the absurd notion that early cave dwellers were contemporary with the dinosaurs a magazine devoted to contemporary fashions

Noun

He was a contemporary of George Washington. She is politically very different from most of her contemporaries.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The new logo was developed in partnership with Tracy Miller, of Dearborn + Elm, and is meant to be contemporary, eye-catching and open to interpretation. cleveland.com, "University Heights Fall Fest set for Oct. 6; Democracy Day is Sept. 9 in Shaker Heights; more: Press Run," 30 Aug. 2019 And Jao's bold, contemporary, environmentally inspired concept is further dazzling proof that African luxury and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. Stanley Stewart, Cond茅 Nast Traveler, "A First Look at Jao, Botswana's Game-Changing Safari Lodge," 22 Aug. 2019 While the worlds of these rural comedies were contemporary, the major issues of the time never surfaced. Sara K. Eskridge, Houston Chronicle, "Why Americans love Mayberry," 19 Aug. 2019 Seeking to merge individual and communal experiences with an accompaniment of contemporary classical music in a nature setting, pianist/composer Murray Hidary is bringing his MindTravel tour to Boulder for a group hike on Flagstaff mountain. John Meyer, The Know, "Free 鈥淪ilentHike鈥 gives people headphones to listen to mindfulness commentary while hiking," 10 Aug. 2019 While some elements of the house nod to vernacular architecture in the area, the interiors are contemporary and spare. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Dining room ideas to steal from eight gorgeous homes," 5 Aug. 2019 The six luxury residences, from French country-inspired to Northwest contemporary, showcase popular trends in indoor and outdoor living spaces. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams invites you to dream big in Wilsonville," 27 July 2019 Making this more poignant is that, over and over again, the plot resonates with issues that feel contemporary. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Review: 'Porgy and Bess' is so American, musically magnificent and still very current," 21 July 2019 The tower, by contrast, is as contemporary as can be. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Chiseled glass tower offers window into SF鈥檚 contradictions," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many of their contemporaries from the nu metal boom years are gone now, but Papa Roach, much to their own surprise, endure. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Papa Roach has survived the nu metal fallout like roaches outlive nuclear winter," 22 Aug. 2019 But Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr and their contemporaries discovered that down among atoms and subatomic particles, this concreteness dissolves into a soup of possibilities. Wired, "Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real," 28 July 2019 But Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr and their contemporaries discovered that down among atoms and subatomic particles, this concreteness dissolves into a soup of possibilities. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real," 28 July 2019 Situated on a corner lot in Upper Rockridge, this stunning new four-plus-bedroom, three-bathroom contemporary is sure to excite with its chic ambience. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Stunning Rockridge home with amazing city views," 22 July 2019 His multilevel contemporary is on the market for $2.85 million. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Former Anaheim Duck Andrew Cogliano lists Newport Beach home for sale," 10 June 2019 Many contemporaries believed that Stevens lived with his black housekeeper, Lydia Hamilton Smith, as if husband and wife: the lifelong bachelor commissioned a portrait of Smith and included her in his socializing with friends. Erick Trickey, Washington Post, "鈥楰ill the beast鈥橔 The impeachment trial that nearly took down a president 150 years ago," 16 May 2018 Other top Federer contemporaries Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian and Nikolay Davydenko collectively won one -- namely, Roddick鈥檚 2003 U.S. Open victory. OregonLive.com, "Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam career is greater than Roger Federer's, or: The limits of data analysis," 22 Feb. 2018 The band鈥檚 incorporation of power pop and present-day punk in its sound puts the group above many contemporaries. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see Chicago concerts this week: Riot Fest, Sheer Mag, Vagabon," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of contemporary

Adjective

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contemporary

Adjective and Noun

com- + Latin tempor-, tempus 鈥 see contemporaneous

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contemporary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of contemporary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening or beginning now or in recent times
: existing or happening in the same time period : from the same time period

contemporary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contemporary (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who lives at the same time or is about the same age as another person

contemporary

adjective
con路​tem路​po路​rary | \ k蓹n-藞tem-p蓹-藢rer-膿 How to pronounce contemporary (audio) \

Kids Definition of contemporary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : living or occurring at the same period of time Mark Twain and Jack London were contemporary writers.
2 : modern sense 1 contemporary musicians

contemporary

noun
plural contemporaries

Kids Definition of contemporary (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who lives at the same time or is about the same age as another Mark Twain and Jack London were contemporaries.

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