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  1. having or showing a date: a dated record of all meetings.
  2. out-of-date; old-fashioned: a nostalgic program of dated songs.

Origin of dated

First recorded in 1580–90; date1 + -ed3
Related formsdat·ed·ly, adverbdat·ed·ness, nounun·dat·ed, adjective


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2. outmoded, passé, unfashionable.
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Examples from the Web for undated

Historical Examples

  • The letter is undated, but clearly belongs to the early part of the year 1520.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • The entry is undated, and there is no mention of the bride's name.

  • The first edition is undated, but the paper is water-marked '1805'.

  • Some of them point to their own date, some I have dated, and some are undated.

  • The note was undated, and without either signature or address.

British Dictionary definitions for undated


  1. (of a manuscript, letter, etc) not having an identifying date


  1. unfashionable; outmodeddated clothes
  2. (of a security) having a fixed date for redemption
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Word Origin and History for undated


"left without indication of date," 1560s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of date (v.1) "assign a date to." Cf. German undatirt, Dutch ongedateerd, Swedish odaterad.



"old-fashioned," 1900, past participle adjective from date (v.1).

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