old style

  1. Also oldstyle .Printing. a type style differentiated from modern by the more or less uniform thickness of all strokes and by slanted serifs.

  2. (initial capital letters) time reckoned according to the Julian calendar.: Compare New Style.

  1. Also old-style .Typography. noting or descriptive of a font of numerals of which some part extends below the baseline.

Origin of old style

First recorded in 1865–70

Words Nearby old style

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How to use old style in a sentence

  • Like an old-style Conservative, David Cameron is talking tough.

    Cameron Gets Tough | William Underhill | August 10, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • It may be looked upon as the apotheosis of the old style of organ-building, with low pressures, duplication, and mixtures.

  • Spirits of the old style used to delight in the darkness of night, but sometimes they'd show their pale faces by moonlight.

  • But this was not the old style of industry, with its reasonable desire for moderate profits.

    Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
  • The Norwich Guardians had found, as others have done since, that the old style of indoor apprenticeship was nearly extinct.

  • The first deals with the value of the old-style wire fences when feeding calves.

British Dictionary definitions for old style (1 of 2)

old style

  1. printing a type style reviving the characteristics of old face

British Dictionary definitions for Old Style (2 of 2)

Old Style

  1. the former method of reckoning dates using the Julian calendar: Compare New Style

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