V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, noun

Definition: (adj.) 1. modern and up-to-date; 2. belonging to the same time period; 3. of the same age as another person; (n.) 1. a person or thing that existed during the same general time as someone or something else; 2. a person who is the same age as someone else

Synonyms: (adj.) modern, current, present, up-to-date, coexisting, concurrent, (n.) peer

Antonyms: (adj.) obsolete, past, ancient

Tips: Contemporary is derived from Latin contemporarius, meaning "with time." Contemporary means "modern" and refers to ideas or styles that are in line "with the current times." Contemporary denotes things that are up-to-date or things or people that have occurred during the same time period.

Usage Examples:

I want to find an interior decorator who is known for cutting-edge, contemporary design. (present-day, modern) adjective

You won't find any antique furniture in that store; they only sell contemporary furniture. (present-day, modern) adjective

Testing on the fossils determined that they were contemporaries. (things that had coexisted, things that lived concurrently) noun

The composer Salieri was contemporary with Mozart, but most people aren't as familiar with his work as they are with Mozart's. (existing at the same time) adjective

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