An age advanced in years, as in I expect to live to a ripe old age. The adjective ripe here means “fully developed physically and mentally,” but the current use of the idiom usually just signifies a long lifespan. [Second half of 1300s]
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How to use ripe old age in a sentence
At the ripe old age of 5, she was officially a working model.
At the ripe old age of 73, Tina Turner has finally landed her first Vogue cover.Tina Turner Covers Vogue Germany; Charlize Theron May Launch a Denim Line | The Fashion Beast Team | March 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not so for Amanda Bynes, who announced on Sunday via Twitter that she was ending her acting career at the ripe old age of 24.Amanda Bynes Quits Hollywood: Behind Her Erratic Behavior | Jacob Bernstein | April 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But many other things are just as natural—such as dying at the ripe old age of 30.The Fireplace Delusion: A Metaphor for Religious Belief | Sam Harris | February 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
At the ripe old age of 70, he towed 70 boats with 70 people for 1.5 miles.
Here he died at a ripe old age, not long after his wife gave birth to Caynoh and Caybatz, his successors in later years.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 5 | Hubert Howe Bancroft
He informed us that Methuselah lived to the ripe old age of nine hundred and sixty-nine.Essays on Modern Novelists | William Lyon Phelps
He had stood the trip well, Madame Guyot assured me, and would undoubtedly win through to a ripe old age.The Book of Susan | Lee Wilson Dodd
She survived the poet many years and died at the ripe old age of 71.An American Hobo in Europe | Ben Goodkind
He lived to a ripe old age and was the father of thirty children.Stories of Old Kentucky | Martha Grassham Purcell