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  1. of or relating to the ancient world or to a former period of history.
  2. of or relating to the Old World: old-world customs.
  3. characteristic of the Old World; quaint; traditional.

Origin of old-world

First recorded in 1705–15
Related formsold-world·ly, adjectiveold-world·li·ness, noun

Old World

  1. Europe, Asia, and Africa.
  2. Eastern Hemisphere.
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Examples from the Web for old-world

Contemporary Examples of old-world

  • The bar itself is beautiful with gigantic carved wood cabinetry and all sorts of interesting, old-world bar utensils.

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    The Secret Speakeasies of Buenos Aires

    Jeff Campagna

    February 25, 2014

  • And so Reddit, a new-world digital site, delved into old-world politics.

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    Reddit Gets Political

    Brian Ries

    November 9, 2010

Historical Examples of old-world

British Dictionary definitions for old-world


  1. of or characteristic of former times, esp, in Europe, quaint or traditional
Derived Formsold-worldly, adverb

Old World

  1. that part of the world that was known before the discovery of the Americas, comprising Europe, Asia, and Africa; the eastern hemisphere
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Word Origin and History for old-world

Old World


of or pertaining to Eurasia and Africa, as opposed to the Americas, 1877.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

old-world in Culture

Old World

The Eastern Hemisphere, especially Europe, as opposed to the New World — the Americas.

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