Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “contemporary”

contemporary

adjective (OF SAME PERIOD)    /kənˈtem.pər.ər.i/ US  /-pə.rer-/
belonging to the same or a stated period in the past: Almost all of the contemporary accounts of the event have been lost. Most of the writers he was contemporary with were interested in the same subjects.Relating to time
(Definition of contemporary adjective (OF SAME PERIOD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of contemporary

Definitions of “contemporary” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

navigate

to direct the way that a ship, aircraft, etc. will travel, or to find a direction across, along, or over an area of water or land, often by using a map

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More