1. often Moderne Of or relating to an architectural and decorative style popular from the 1930s to the 1940s and characterized by streamlined and curved surfaces, strong horizontal lines, and minimal surface ornament.
2. Striving to be modern in appearance or style but lacking taste or refinement; pretentious.
[French, modern, from Old French; see MODERN.]
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