UK / US adjective [only before noun]
very old

the age-old problem of poverty

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  • age-old — adj having existed for a very long time an age old tradition/practice/custom etc BrE ▪ age old customs ▪ the age old problem of sexual discrimination …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • age-old — (adj.) 1896, from AGE (Cf. age) (n.) + OLD (Cf. old) …   Etymology dictionary

  • age-old — adjective only before noun very old: the age old problem of poverty …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • age-old — [āj′ōld΄] adj. ages old; centuries old; ancient …   English World dictionary

  • age-old — adj. 1. 1 of very long duration Syn: ancient [WordNet 1.5] 4. having reached a desired or final condition as a result of standing for a period of time; of wines, whiskey, fruit, or cheeses. Note: As a result of having been aged, the product may… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • age-old — age′ old adj. ancient; from time immemorial • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • age-old — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having existed for a very long time …   English terms dictionary

  • age-old — adjective very old; having existed for a long time; ancient or well established They still make pottery by hand, in the age old tradition. Syn: antediluvian, old as the hills, old as Adam …   Wiktionary

  • age-old — ADJ: usu ADJ n An age old story, tradition, or problem has existed for many generations or centuries. [WRITTEN] This age old struggle for control had led to untold bloody wars. Syn: ancient …   English dictionary

  • age-old — adjective having existed for a very long time: age old customs | It s nothing new. It s an age old problem …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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