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MODERN ENGLISH, short form ModE, MnE. Also sometimes New English.
1. The third stage in the history and development of the ENGLISH language, c.1450 to the present day, often divided into EARLY MODERN ENGLISH (c.1450–1700) and (Late/Later) Modern English (c.1700 to the present day.)

2. Late Modern English treated as a fourth stage in the history and development of the language. See HISTORY OF ENGLISH.

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mod·ern Eng·lish • n. the English language as it has been since about 1500.

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