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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You would think it would have taken a lifetime to make one; but they seem to have been plenty in the olden time.

  • On the whole, he was like a baron of the olden time in a rare good humour.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • In later days this was the kitchen, but in olden times the kitchen was a detached building, and the slaves slept in the loft.

    Jersey City and its Historic Sites Harriet Phillips Eaton
  • In the olden days it would have been a laugh, but Gloria must wait for strength to laugh.

    Gloria and Treeless Street Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • The sacred bush was in flame before us as in the olden time, and the place whereon we stood was holy ground.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
British Dictionary definitions for olden


an archaic or poetic word for old in olden days, in olden times
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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