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[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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  • We use new-world technology and fuse it into our old-world practices.
  • Pigs and other animals have a specific sugar not present in humans and old-world primates.
  • The hotel exudes old-world charm, combined with modern conveniences.
  • If the people of the barrel-organ could keep their old-world obligations, so could he.
  • Yet it looks unlikely that these old-world virtues will be rewarded in the foreseeable future.
  • He had since earned a reputation as a patient negotiator with old-world civility.
  • old-world charm, cozy library, and big buffet breakfasts with complimentary sparkling wine.
  • Today the narrow, winding streets add to the neighborhood's old-world feel.
  • Underground parking means the entire village is car-free, making for an inviting, old-world environment.
  • Visitors can enjoy a true old-world experience without ever leaving the country.
British Dictionary definitions for old-world


of or characteristic of former times, esp, in Europe, quaint or traditional
Derived Forms
old-worldly, adverb
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