• (America) IPA: /kənˈtɛm.pəˌɹɛɹ.i/
  • (British) IPA: /kənˈtɛm.p(ə).ɹəɹ.i/, /kənˈtɛm.p(ə).ɹi/


  1. From the same time period, coexistent in time.
    • A grove born with himself he sees, / And loves his old contemporary trees.
    • This king was contemporary with the greatest monarchs of Europe.
  2. Modern, of the present age.
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contemporary (plural contemporaries)

  1. Someone or something living at the same time, or of roughly the same age as another.
    Cervantes was a contemporary of Shakespeare.
    The early mammals inherited the earth by surviving their saurian contemporaries.
  2. Something existing at the same time.
    1. (dated) A rival newspaper or magazine.
      • 1900, The Speaker, the Liberal Review (volume 2, page 621)
        Annexation therefore was inevitable; but (as I have said above) it was not necessarily of prime importance in our national policy, and there has been no need to exaggerate—as I fear many of our contemporaries have exaggerated— […]

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