Meaning of RECENT in English

ˈrēs ə nt adjective

( sometimes -er/-est )

Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French recent, from Latin recent-, recens fresh, recent; akin to Greek kainos new, Sanskrit kanīna young


a. : of or belonging to the present period or the very near past

recent alumni

recent leaders

the recent election

the recent storm

b. : having lately come into existence : just made or formed : new

recent buds on the peach trees

pride ourselves on our recent transcontinental highways — R.W.Murray

almost before the recent ink is dry — John Keats

c. : newly arrived

recent from the roar of foreign foam — A.C.Swinburne

2. : of or belonging to a period of time relatively near : not remote

in more recent times the Romans formed a great camp here — J.K.Jerome

is only of recent origin, and was wholly unknown in old times — Herman Melville

3. usually capitalized : of or relating to the present or existing epoch which is dated from the close of the Pleistocene : diluvial 3, holocene — see geologic time table

• re·cent·ly adverb

• re·cent·ness noun -es

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.