old-world

[ohld-wurld]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. old-time,
  2. old-time dance,
  3. old-timer,
  4. old-timey,
  5. old-womanish,
  6. oldcastle,
  7. oldcastle, sir john,
  8. olde,
  9. olde-worlde,
  10. olden

Origin of old-world

First recorded in 1705–15

Related formsold-world·ly, adjectiveold-world·li·ness, noun

Old World

noun

Europe, Asia, and Africa.
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British Dictionary definitions for old-world

old-world

adjective

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

Old World

noun

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

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for old-world

Old World

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

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