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[ohl-duh n] /ˈoʊl dən/
adjective, Literary.
of or relating to the distant past or bygone times; ancient.
Origin of olden
1350-1400; Middle English; see old, -en2 Unabridged
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  • Today's buttermilk is really fermented milk, different from the byproduct of butter-churning from olden days.
  • In the olden days, librarians were expected to use intuition to categorize books.
  • In the olden days, people in trouble could take out home equity loans to tide them over, or sell the house.
  • In olden days, with limited navigational aids and in seas rife with marauding cutthroats, either trip was risky business.
  • In olden days, in the previously mentioned shoppes, they were known as thou shalt nots.
  • In the olden days, bike lights were more about being seen than actually seeing.
  • However, in olden times turning to chemical enhancement wasn't controversial-it was a given, he added.
  • In the olden days that would mean you'd need a staff.
  • In olden times, that would have meant leaving the house to see one of the three or four movies playing nearby.
  • In the olden days, a group of researchers would bang out their paper on paper.
British Dictionary definitions for olden


an archaic or poetic word for old in olden days, in olden times
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Word Origin and History for olden

early 15c., from old + -en (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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