[muh-thoo-zuh-luh, -thooz-luh]


a patriarch who lived 969 years. Gen. 5:27.
an extremely old man.
a very large wine bottle holding 6½ quarts (6 liters). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Anybody'd think to hear you, you had the years of Methuselah.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • I give him, then, the lifetime of Methuselah, in which to reach his conclusion of proof.

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • I shall never have such a chance, if I live to the age of Methuselah.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • "But—but those coats are old as Methuselah," faltered the captain.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • If you're a hundred and fifty I must be a little older than Methuselah was in his last years.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for methuselah




a wine bottle holding the equivalent of eight normal bottles




Old Testament a patriarch supposed to have lived 969 years (Genesis 5:21–27) who has come to be regarded as epitomizing longevityDouay spelling: Mathusala
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methuselah in Culture



The oldest man mentioned in the Bible (see also Bible); according to the Book of Genesis, he was the grandfather of Noah and lived to be 969 years old.


Figuratively, a “Methuselah” is an extremely old person.
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