old-world

[ ohld-wurld ]
/ ˈoʊldˈwɜrld /

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.

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Origin of old-world

First recorded in 1705–15

OTHER WORDS FROM old-world

old-worldly, adjectiveold-world·li·ness, noun

Definition for old-world (2 of 2)

Old World
[ ohld-wurld ]
/ ˈoʊld ˌwɜrld /

noun

Europe, Asia, and Africa, especially when regarded collectively as the inhabited landmasses of the world known to Europe prior to its discovery of the Americas.
Compare New World.

Origin of Old World

First recorded in 1590–1600
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British Dictionary definitions for old-world (1 of 2)

old-world

adjective

of or characteristic of former times, esp, in Europe, quaint or traditional

Derived forms of old-world

old-worldly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for old-world (2 of 2)

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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Cultural definitions for old-world

Old World

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

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