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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.
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Origin of old-world

First recorded in 1705–15
Related formsold-world·ly, adjectiveold-world·li·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for oldworldly


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