[lahyf-lawng, -long]


lasting or continuing through all or much of one's life: lifelong regret.

Origin of lifelong

1750–60; life + long1 (adv.)
Can be confusedlifelong livelong Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of lifelong

Historical Examples of lifelong

  • She was maintaining that calm level of submission to fate which had been her lifelong habit.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It must be confessed (he adds drily) that in England this is a lifelong disqualification.

  • Ain't I been givin' 'em up and givin' 'em up all my lifelong?


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • That far-off island, the poor lepers, and then lifelong banishment.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Then you shall marry him to your lifelong horror and disgrace.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for lifelong



lasting for or as if for a lifetime
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Word Origin and History for lifelong

also life-long, "continuing a lifetime," 1855, from life (n.) + long (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper