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.

Origin of old-world

First recorded in 1705–15

Related forms

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

Definition for old-world (2 of 2)

Old World

noun

Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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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

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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Culture definitions for old-world

Old World

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


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