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mo dern

  • n  a contemporary person
  • n  a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes
  • a  belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages
    modern art
    modern furniture
    modern history
    totem poles are modern rather than prehistoric
  • s  relating to a recently developed fashion or style;
    their offices are in a modern skyscraper
    tables in modernistic designs
  • s  characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture
  • s  ahead of the times
  • s  used of a living language; being the current stage in its development

  • Between now and November 1958, Dwight Eisenhower's concept of Modern Republicanism will be in for a critical test.
  • Her fierce choreography sometimes amazed and sometimes horrified, but in it she embodied modern dance arrogantly and spectacularly.
News & Articles


  • Jarrett Barrios in Reuters
    We're thrilled that 'Today Show's 'Modern Wedding Contest' now recognizes what most fair-minded Americans have already concluded - a wedding celebrates love and commitment, whether the spouses are straight or gay,said Jarrett Barrios,...
  • William Hague in New York Daily News
    Stoning is a "medieval punishment which has no role in the modern world," British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the AP on Thursday. "If the punishment is carried out, it will disgust and appall the watching world."
  • Gordon Brown in Irish Times
    Mr Brown said the IMF had to be "rebuilt as fit for purpose [in] the modern world" and urged it to come to the aid of Iceland and any states in central Europe that needed help.

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