What does the word recent mean?

Usage examples for recent

  1. For many years the haddock catch from this bank has been of considerable importance, and this statement remains true for recent years as well. – Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine by Walter H. Rich
  2. Her recent treatment of him, however, was very strange; so strange that he might have known himself better if he had reflected on the bound with which it shot him to a hard suspicion. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. They are a solid, brave, and earnest people, who, till quite recent times, have been denied their share in the government of Europe. – England and the War by Walter Raleigh