having been maintained in good condition; preserving a good or healthy appearance: a well-preserved manuscript; a well-preserved elderly couple.

Origin of well-preserved

First recorded in 1850–55
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Related Words for well-preserved

unspoiled, boyish, childish, fresh, girlish, tender, young

Examples from the Web for well-preserved

Historical Examples of well-preserved

  • The Australian lady set her down as a well-preserved forty at least.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • He was fair and well-preserved, perfectly dressed, mature and complete.

  • All the furniture in the room was as old-fashioned and as well-preserved as it could be.

    Wives and Daughters

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

  • Lady Margaret was a well-preserved woman of aristocratic pose.

  • This portrait is that of a handsome, temperate, well-preserved man.

British Dictionary definitions for well-preserved


adjective (well preserved when postpositive)

kept in a good condition
continuing to appear youthfulshe was a well-preserved old lady
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