Meaning of RECENT in English

— recency, recentness , n. — recently , adv.

/ree"seuhnt/ , adj.

1. of late occurrence, appearance, or origin; lately happening, done, made, etc.: recent events; a recent trip.

2. not long past: in recent years.

3. of or belonging to a time not long past.

4. ( cap. ) Geol. noting or pertaining to the present epoch, originating at the end of the glacial period, about 10,000 years ago, and forming the latter half of the Quaternary Period; Holocene. See table under geologic time .


5. Also called Holocene . ( cap. ) Geol. the Recent Epoch or Series.

[ 1525-35; recent- (s. of recens ) fresh, new ]

Syn. 1. fresh, new. See modern .

Ant. 1. early, old.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .