Synonyms of 'contemporary'
1 modernDictionary, latest, recentThe gallery holds regular exhibitions of contemporary art, sculpture and photography.
a more tailored and modern style
Latest reports say another five people have been killed.
a faster, sleeker, more recent model
current trends in the music scene
with it (informal)
Don't you hate it when old people try to be with it and trendy?
trendy (British, informal)
a trendy London nightclub
This production is bang up-to-date.
Even by present-day standards, these were huge aircraft.
That sort of dress is in fashion again.
He's just bought one of these new-fangled home cinema systems.
the government's present economic difficulties
Since contemporary can mean either `of the present period' or `of the same period', it is best to avoid it where ambiguity might arise, as in a production of Othello in contemporary dress. A synonym such as modern or present-day would clarify if the sense 'of the present period' were being used, while a specific term, such as Elizabethan, would be appropriate if the sense 'of the same period' were being used.
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of or belonging to the same age or generation
Concurrent events or situations happen at the same time.
He will actually be serving three concurrent sentences.
Thesaurus for contemporary from the Collins English Thesaurus
Contemporary things are modern and relate to the present time.