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CONTEMPORARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contemporary mean? 

CONTEMPORARY (noun)
  The noun CONTEMPORARY has 1 sense:

1. a person of nearly the same age as another

  Familiarity information: CONTEMPORARY used as a noun is very rare.


CONTEMPORARY (adjective)
  The adjective CONTEMPORARY has 3 senses:

1. characteristic of the present
2. belonging to the present time
3. occurring in the same period of time

  Familiarity information: CONTEMPORARY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTEMPORARY (noun)


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Meaning:

A person of nearly the same age as another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

coeval; contemporary

Hypernyms ("contemporary" is a kind of...):

compeer; equal; match; peer (a person who is of equal standing with another in a group)


CONTEMPORARY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Characteristic of the present

Synonyms:

contemporary; modern-day

Context examples:

contemporary trends in design / the role of computers in modern-day medicine

Similar:

modern (belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages)


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Meaning:

Belonging to the present time

Synonyms:

present-day; contemporary

Context example:

contemporary leaders

Similar:

current (occurring in or belonging to the present time)


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Meaning:

Occurring in the same period of time

Synonyms:

contemporaneous; contemporary

Context examples:

a rise in interest rates is often contemporaneous with an increase in inflation / the composer Salieri was contemporary with Mozart

Similar:

synchronal; synchronic; synchronous (occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase)


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