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Meaning of contemporary by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • IPA: /kənˈtɛm.pəˌɹɛɹ.i/help


    contemporary ( comparative more contemporary, superlative most contemporary )

    1. From the same time period, coexistent in time .
    2. Modern, of the present age.




    contemporary ( plural: contemporaries )

    1. Someone living at the same time .
      Cervantes was a contemporary of Shakespeare
    2. Any creature living at the same time .
      The early mammals inherited the earth by surviving their saurian contemporaries
    3. Something existing at the same time .
      Often contemporary customs differ as if dating from different ages, whether they do or not

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Explanation of contemporary by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. belonging to the present time

    2. contemporary leaders
    3. characteristic of the present

    4. contemporary trends in design
    5. occurring in the same period of time

    6. the composer Salieri was contemporary with Mozart
    1. a person of nearly the same age as another

    Definition of contemporary by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Contemporary a. [Pref. con- + L. temporarius of belonging to time, tempus time. See Temporal, and cf. Contemporaneous.]
      1. Living, occuring, or existing, at the same time; done in, or belonging to, the same times; contemporaneous.

      This king [Henry VIII.] was contemporary with the greatest monarchs of Europe. Strype.

      2. Of the same age; coeval.

      A grove born with himself he sees,

      And loves his old contemporary trees. Cowley.

    2. Contemporary, n.; pl. Contemporaries
      1. One who lives at the same time with another; as, “Petrarch and Chaucer were contemporaries”.

      2. a person of nearly the same age as another.

      Syn. -- coeval.