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  1. being of the age intermediate between youth and old age, roughly between 45 and 65.
  2. characteristic of or suitable for persons of this age.
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Origin of middle-aged

First recorded in 1600–10
Related formsmid·dle-a·ged·ly [mid-l-ey-jid-lee, -eyjd-] /ˈmɪd lˈeɪ dʒɪd li, -ˈeɪdʒd-/, adverbmid·dle-a·ged·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of middle-aged

Historical Examples of middle-aged

  • Gradually the image of the middle-aged Robin had effaced his youth.

  • "Dr. Lavendar said 'there was no fool like a middle-aged fool,'" Cyrus agreed.

  • She did not expect to see a stout, middle-aged man, but a slim youth.

    The Yates Pride

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • One could imagine what she would be like when she was middle-aged, or quite old, perhaps.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Soon a middle-aged woman in black sat down at the other side of the table.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for middle-aged


  1. of, relating to, or being in the time in a person's life between youth and old age
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