[ey-jid for 1, 2, 5, 6; eyjd for 1, 3, 4]


having lived or existed long; of advanced age; old: an aged man; an aged tree.
pertaining to or characteristic of old age: aged wrinkles.
of the age of: a man aged 40 years.
brought to maturity or mellowness, as wine, cheese, or wood: aged whiskey.
Physical Geography. old; approaching the state of peneplain.


(used with a plural verb) old people collectively (usually preceded by the): We must have improved medical care for the aged.

Origin of aged

1375–1425; late Middle English. See age, -ed2
Related formsa·ged·ly, adverba·ged·ness, nounpre·aged, adjectiveun·aged, adjectivewell-aged, adjective

Synonyms for aged

1. ancient. See old.

Antonyms for aged

1. young. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for unaged



  1. advanced in years; old
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the aged
of, connected with, or characteristic of old age
(eɪdʒd) (postpositive) having the age ofa woman aged twenty
geography (not in technical use) having reached an advanced stage of erosion
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Word Origin and History for unaged



"having lived long," mid-15c., past participle adjective from age (v.). Meaning "having been allowed to get old" (of cheese, etc.) is by 1873. Meaning "of the age of" is from 1630s. Aged Parent is from "Great Expectations" (1860-61).

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