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out-of-date; old-fashioned: a nostalgic program of dated songs.

Nearby words

  1. date rape,
  2. date squares,
  3. date stamp,
  4. date-stamp,
  5. datebook,
  6. datedly,
  7. datel,
  8. dateless,
  9. dateline,
  10. dating

Origin of dated

First recorded in 1580–90; date1 + -ed3

Related formsdat·ed·ly, adverbdat·ed·ness, nounun·dat·ed, adjective




a particular month, day, and year at which some event happened or will happen: July 4, 1776 was the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
the day of the month: Is today's date the 7th or the 8th?
an inscription on a writing, coin, etc., that shows the time, or time and place, of writing, casting, delivery, etc.: a letter bearing the date January 16.
the time or period to which any event or thing belongs; period in general: at a late date.
the time during which anything lasts; duration: The pity is that childhood has so short a date.
an appointment for a particular time: They have a date with their accountant at ten o'clock.
a social appointment or engagement arranged beforehand with another person, especially when a romantic relationship exists or may develop: to go out on a Saturday night date.
a person with whom one has such a social appointment or engagement: Can I bring a date to the party?
an engagement for an entertainer to perform.
dates, the birth and death dates, usually in years, of a person: Dante's dates are 1265 to 1321.

verb (used without object), dat·ed, dat·ing.

to have or bear a date: The letter dates from 1873.
to belong to a particular period; have its origin: That dress dates from the 19th century. The architecture dates as far back as 1830.
to reckon from some point in time: The custom dates from the days when women wore longer skirts.
to go out socially on dates: She dated a lot during high school.

verb (used with object), dat·ed, dat·ing.

to mark or furnish with a date: Please date the check as of today.
to ascertain or fix the period or point in time of; assign a period or point in time to: The archaeologist dated the ruins as belonging to the early Minoan period.
to show the age of; show to be old-fashioned.
to make a date with; go out on dates with: He's been dating his best friend's sister.

Origin of date

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin data, noun use of data (feminine of datus, past participle of dare to give), from the phrase data (Romae) written, given (at Rome); (v.) Middle English daten to sign or date a document, derivative of the noun

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dated

British Dictionary definitions for dated



unfashionable; outmodeddated clothes
(of a security) having a fixed date for redemption




a specified day of the monthtoday's date is October 27
the particular day or year of an eventthe date of the Norman Conquest was 1066
(plural) the years of a person's birth and death or of the beginning and end of an event or period
an inscription on a coin, letter, etc, stating when it was made or written
  1. an appointment for a particular time, esp with a person to whom one is sexually or romantically attachedshe has a dinner date
  2. the person with whom the appointment is made
the present moment; now (esp in the phrases to date, up to date)


(tr) to mark (a letter, coin, etc) with the day, month, or year
(tr) to assign a date of occurrence or creation to
(intr; foll by from or back to) to have originated (at a specified time)his decline dates from last summer
(tr) to reveal the age ofthat dress dates her
to make or become old-fashionedsome good films hardly date at all
informal, mainly US and Canadian
  1. to be a boyfriend or girlfriend of (someone of the opposite sex)
  2. to accompany (a member of the opposite sex) on a date
Derived Formsdatable or dateable, adjectivedateless, adjective

Word Origin for date

C14: from Old French, from Latin dare to give, as in the phrase epistula data Romae letter handed over at Rome


See year




the fruit of the date palm, having sweet edible flesh and a single large woody seed
short for date palm

Word Origin for date

C13: from Old French, from Latin, from Greek daktulos finger

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Word Origin and History for dated
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with dated


In addition to the idiom beginning with date

  • date rape

also see

  • bring up to date
  • double date
  • make a date
  • out of date
  • to date
  • up to date
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