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olden

[ohl-duh n] /ˈoʊl dən/
adjective, Literary.
1.
of or relating to the distant past or bygone times; ancient.
2.
old.
Origin of olden
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at old, -en2
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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

olden

/ˈəʊldən/
adjective
1.
an archaic or poetic word for old in olden days, in olden times
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Word Origin and History for olden
adj.

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

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