- of or relating to the ancient world or to a former period of history.
- of or relating to the Old World: old-world customs.
- characteristic of the Old World; quaint; traditional.
Origin of old-world
First recorded in 1705–15
- Europe, Asia, and Africa.
- Eastern Hemisphere.
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Examples from the Web for old-world
The bar itself is beautiful with gigantic carved wood cabinetry and all sorts of interesting, old-world bar utensils.The Secret Speakeasies of Buenos Aires
February 25, 2014
And so Reddit, a new-world digital site, delved into old-world politics.Reddit Gets Political
November 9, 2010
But Dan was in no mood to appreciate the old-world beauty of the Oak Parlour.The Inn at the Red Oak
She loved the old-world silence that was only broken by the dripping of water in the pools.Olive in Italy
There is nothing to break the spell of that old-world enchantment.
And also, perhaps, the old-world errand on which I had come.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
They were truly an old-world race, clad in very old-world garments.Stories of Comedy
- of or characteristic of former times, esp, in Europe, quaint or traditional
- that part of the world that was known before the discovery of the Americas, comprising Europe, Asia, and Africa; the eastern hemisphere
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Word Origin and History for old-world
of or pertaining to Eurasia and Africa, as opposed to the Americas, 1877.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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