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[ohl-duh n] /ˈoʊl dən/
adjective, Literary.
of or relating to the distant past or bygone times; ancient.
Origin of olden
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at old, -en2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Why should not miracles come now, as in the olden days, for had not all this been ordained from the beginning?

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The tone of olden friendliness was hard to bear, when no other voices answered.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • On the whole, he was like a baron of the olden time in a rare good humour.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • In olden days, other houses of tradesmen besides inns had signs.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • In the olden days it would have been a laugh, but Gloria must wait for strength to laugh.

    Gloria and Treeless Street Annie Hamilton Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for olden


an archaic or poetic word for old in olden days, in olden times
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for olden

early 15c., from old + -en (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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