[ ohld ]
/ oʊld /
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See synonyms for: old / elder / eldest / older on Thesaurus.com

adjective, old·er [ohl-der], /ˈoʊl dər/, old·est [ohl-dist] /ˈoʊl dɪst/ or eld·er [el-der], /ˈɛl dər/, eld·est [el-dist]. /ˈɛl dɪst/.




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Origin of old

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English eald, ald; cognate with Dutch old, German alt, Gothic altheis; akin to Old Norse ala “to nourish”
1. Old, aged, elderly all mean well along in years. An old person has lived long, nearly to the end of the usual period of life. An aged person is very far advanced in years, and is usually afflicted with the infirmities of age. An elderly person is somewhat old, but usually has the mellowness, satisfactions, and joys of age ahead.
oldness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for old

/ (əʊld) /



an earlier or past time (esp in the phrase of old)in days of old
oldish, adjectiveoldness, noun
Old English eald; related to Old Saxon ald, Old High German, German alt, Latin altus high
Many people nowadays prefer to talk about older people rather than old people, and the phrase the old is best avoided altogether
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