Definition of modern English in English:

modern English


  • [mass noun] The English language as it has been since about 1500.

    • ‘This up-to-date reference book lays out and explains the meanings of allusions in use in modern English language.’
    • ‘This raises an interesting question of what Shakespeare wrote in if not modern English.’
    • ‘He knows classical and modern English literature as few Englishmen or Americans know it, and can quote entire paragraphs from the most unexpected authors.’
    • ‘I keep falling over early modern English women writing in Latin - nice to have my impression that there were many more around than is generally recognised.’
    • ‘I would recommend this volume to specialists in early modern English literature and culture, social historians, and students of literary history, intellectual history, and women's studies.’
    • ‘Is Ulysses the greatest achievement in modern English literature?’
    • ‘For example, it is unlikely a speaker of Old English would know modern English, but may have a few clues as to the use of words.’
    • ‘It's not that hard to translate to modern English.’
    • ‘It treats Mark's Gospel as we hear it in worship, in modern English translation.’
    • ‘It seems like a pretty direct translation/adaptation into modern English but that may be its only virtue.’
    • ‘But it clearly isn't part of modern English idiom.’
    • ‘She pursues her task ambitiously, tirelessly, and scrupulously through the major texts of three canonical writers of early modern English literature.’
    • ‘One historian assures us that modern English speakers would no doubt consider that educated persons of that period spoke in a ‘reprehensible’ manner.’
    • ‘Old English looks much like German and looks strange to us modern English speakers.’
    • ‘Old English has a slightly different alphabet to modern English, including three letters which we don't have.’
    • ‘It updates ‘The Canterbury Tales’ into modern English and sets it within the context of contemporary Chaucer storytelling competition.’
    • ‘It is generally accepted that modern English literature was born in the second half of the 16th Century which was coeval with the Age of Elizabeth and the Renaissance.’
    • ‘Although not separated by the same chasm of time, modern European poetry in translation is increasingly taking a similar approach, giving us, as it were, Shakespeare in modern English idiom.’
    • ‘Since the Vikings came from different parts of Scandinavia they all used their own dialect of Old Norse although the basic language was the same (much like modern English, American and Australian).’
    • ‘This is true of modern English as surely as it was true of ancient languages, including the Greek in which the New Testament was written.’


modern English