1. Of late origin, existence, or occurrence; lately come; not of remote date, antiquated style, or the like; not already known, familiar, worn out, trite, etc.; fresh; novel; new; modern; as, recent news. "The ancients were of opinion, that a considerable portion of that country [Egypt] was recent, and formed out of the mud discharged into the neighboring sea by the Nile." (Woodward)

2. <geology> Of or pertaining to the present or existing epoch; as, recent shells.

Origin: L. Recens, -entis: cf. F. Recent.

(01 Mar 1998)