Contemporary definition

kən-tĕmpə-rĕrē
Frequency:
Current; modern.

Contemporary trends in design.

adjective
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The definition of contemporary is existing at the same time or of the present time period.

An example of contemporary are the works of Fitzgerald and Hemingway.

An example of contemporary is furniture in the modern style.

adjective
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A person of the present age.
noun
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One of the same time or age.

Shelley and Keats were contemporaries.

noun
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Of about the same age.
adjective
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Living or happening in the same period of time.
adjective
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A person living in the same period as another or others.
noun
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A person or thing of about the same age or date of origin as another.
noun
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Of about the same age.
adjective
6
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Belonging to the same period of time.

A fact documented by two contemporary sources.

adjective
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From the same time period, coexistent in time.
adjective
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Of or in the style of the present or recent times; modern.
adjective
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Relatively recent.
adjective
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Modern, of the present age.
adjective
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A contemporary is defined as a person living around the same time.

An example of contemporary is Fitzgerald to Hemingway.

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Someone or something living at the same time, or of roughly the same age as another.

Cervantes was a contemporary of Shakespeare.

The early mammals inherited the earth by surviving their saurian contemporaries.

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Something existing at the same time.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
contemporary
Plural:
contemporaries

Origin of contemporary

  • Medieval Latin contemporārius Latin com- com- Latin tempus tempor- time Latin -ārius -ary

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Recorded since 1631, from Medieval Latin contemporarius, from Latin con- (“with, together”) + temporarius (“of time”), from tempus (“time”)

    From Wiktionary