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[kuh n-tem-puh-rer-ee] /kənˈtɛm pəˌrɛr i/

existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time:
Newton’s discovery of the calculus was contemporary with that of Leibniz.
of about the same age or date:
a Georgian table with a contemporary wig stand.
of the present time; modern:
a lecture on the contemporary novel.
noun, plural contemporaries.
a person belonging to the same time or period with another or others.
a person of the same age as another.
belonging to the same age; living or occurring in the same period of time
existing or occurring at the present time
conforming to modern or current ideas in style, fashion, design, etc
having approximately the same age as one another
noun (pl) -raries
a person living at the same time or of approximately the same age as another
something that is contemporary
(journalism) a rival newspaper

1630s, from Medieval Latin contemporarius, from Latin com- “with” (see com-) + temporarius “of time,” from tempus “time” (see temporal (v.)). Meaning “modern, characteristic of the present” is from 1866.

“one who lives at the same time as another,” 1630s, originally cotemporary, from co- + temporary; modified by influence of contemporary (adj.). Replacing native time-fellow (1570s).


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