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Old World

Europe, Asia, and Africa.


[ohld-wurld] /ˈoʊldˈwɜrld/
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
Related forms
old-worldly, adjective
old-worldliness, noun Unabridged
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  • So sweetly, indeed, that poor Jeff felt like the hulking wolf of the Old World fable, and hesitated—as that wolf did not.

  • The pioneers were well aware of this before they left the Old World.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Rome's dogmas overthrew the Old World and created a new one.

  • She said that the Old World had been long unkind to her, and that she would try the New!

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • New Zealand's news of the Old World is at least a month old, but then that is considerably in advance of our dates.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
British Dictionary definitions for Old World

Old World

that part of the world that was known before the discovery of the Americas, comprising Europe, Asia, and Africa; the eastern hemisphere


of or characteristic of former times, esp, in Europe, quaint or traditional
Derived Forms
old-worldly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for Old World

of or pertaining to Eurasia and Africa, as opposed to the Americas, 1877.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Old World in Culture

Old World definition

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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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