[lawng-lahyvd, -livd, long-]


having a long life, existence, or duration: a long-lived man; long-lived fame.
(of an object) lasting or functioning a long time: a long-lived battery.

Origin of long-lived

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at long1, lived
Related formslong-lived·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of long-lived

Historical Examples of long-lived

  • We both come of a long-lived race, and this must go on for years.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • It is this moderation that keeps Englishmen so hearty, jolly, and long-lived.


    Louisa M. Alcott

  • Like most great students with a hobby, the majority of them were long-lived.

  • I had been told and had always thought that we were a long-lived race.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • But Art, which is long-lived, recks little of Time, an evanescent thing.

British Dictionary definitions for long-lived



having long life, existence, or currency
Derived Formslong-livedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for long-lived

early 15c., from long (adj.) + past participle of live (v.). Old English had langlife "long-lived."

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