Old World

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old-world

[ohld-wurld]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the ancient world or to a former period of history.
2.
of or pertaining to the Old World: old-world customs.
3.
characteristic of the Old World; quaint; traditional.

Origin:
1705–15

old-worldly, adjective
old-worldliness, noun
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Old World
 
n
that part of the world that was known before the discovery of the Americas, comprising Europe, Asia, and Africa; the eastern hemisphere

old-world
 
adj
of or characteristic of former times, esp, in Europe, quaint or traditional
 
old-'worldly
 
adv

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


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

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