- a period of the history of the earth distinguished by some special feature: the Ice Age.
- a unit of geological time, shorter than an epoch, during which the rocks comprising a stage were formed.
verb (used without object), aged, ag·ing or age·ing.
verb (used with object), aged, ag·ing or age·ing.
- being any of several ages, usually 21 or 18, at which certain legal rights, as voting or marriage, are acquired.
- being old enough for full legal rights and responsibilities.
Origin of age
Synonyms for age
Origin of -age
Related Words for ageyouth, maturity, life, generation, millennium, era, date, day, century, develop, mature, grow, deteriorate, infancy, milestone, senility, dotage, majority, boyhood, lifetime
Examples from the Web for age
Contemporary Examples of age
In straight relationships with an age gap, words like ‘gold-digger’ and ‘trophy wife’ get thrown around.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
Doctors have long wrestled with the age of consent when it comes to mature adolescents.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
You have to acknowledge your age and position in life, for me quite a lot of those emotionally fueled songs were hormone songs.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
The copilot on Flight 8501 was Remi Emmanuel Piesel, 46, who despite his age had just 2,275 hours of flying experience.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
Yung Lean was born Jonatan Leandoer Håstad in Belarus, before moving to Sweden at the age of 3.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
Historical Examples of age
Not of age—merely of time; for here was no senility, no quavering or fretful lines.
The only member of that household I could marry is not suited to my age.
“Seventeen, an it please your grace,” said Stephen, in the gruff voice of his age.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
He was exiled at the age of 30 to Tomi, a town south of the delta of the Danube.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
And the generation born after the Second World War has come of age.
- a period or state of human lifehe should know better at his age; she had got beyond the giggly age
- (as modifier)age group
- a period of history marked by some feature or characteristic; era
- (capital when part of a name)the Middle Ages; the Space Age
- a period of the earth's history distinguished by special characteristicsthe age of reptiles
- the period during which a stage of rock strata is formed; a subdivision of an epoch
verb ages, ageing, aging or aged
Word Origin for age
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -age
late 13c., "long but indefinite period in human history," from Old French aage (11c., Modern French âge) "age; life, lifetime, lifespan; maturity," earlier edage, from Vulgar Latin *aetaticum (source of Spanish edad, Italian eta, Portuguese idade "age"), from Latin aetatem (nominative aetas), "period of life, age, lifetime, years," from aevum "lifetime, eternity, age," from PIE root *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (see eon). Meaning "time something has lived, particular length or stage of life" is from early 14c. Used especially for "old age" since early 14c. Expelled native eld.
word-forming element in nouns of act, process, function, condition, from Old French and French -age, from Late Latin -aticum "belonging to, related to," originally neuter adjectival suffix, from Latin -atus, pp. suffix of verbs of the first conjugation.
see act one's age; coon's age; golden age; in this day and age; of age; ripe old age; under age.