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contemporary

adjective  /kənˈtem·pəˌrer·i/ us  

contemporary adjective (EXISTING NOW)

existing or happening now: contemporary literature/music

contemporary adjective (OF THE SAME PERIOD)

belonging to the same or a stated period in the past: She’s been reading contemporary accounts of New York from the early 1900s.

contemporary

noun [C]  /kənˈtem·pəˌrer·i/ us  

contemporary noun [C] (PERSON OF THE SAME PERIOD)

someone living during the same period as another: Franklin and Jefferson were contemporaries.

contemporary noun [C] (PERSON EXISTING NOW)

a person who is the same age as you: The language you use with your contemporaries may not be appropriate in the classroom.
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