Etymology: com- + Latin tempor-, tempus
1. happening, existing, living, or coming into being during the same period of time
b. marked by characteristics of the present period ; modern, current
• contemporarily adverb
contemporary, contemporaneous, coeval, synchronous, simultaneous, coincident mean existing or occurring at the same time.
contemporary is likely to apply to people and what relates to them <Abraham Lincoln was contemporary with Charles Darwin>. contemporaneous is more often applied to events than to people <contemporaneous accounts of the kidnapping>. coeval refers usually to periods, ages, eras, eons <two stars thought to be coeval>. synchronous implies exact correspondence in time and especially in periodic intervals <synchronous timepieces>. simultaneous implies correspondence in a moment of time <the two shots were simultaneous>. coincident is applied to events and may be used in order to avoid implication of causal relationship <the end of World War II was coincident with a great vintage year>. II. noun (plural -raries) Date: 1638 1. one that is contemporary with another 2. one of the same or nearly the same age as another
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.