Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The length of time that one has existed; duration of life: 23 years of age.
  • n. The time of life when a person becomes qualified to assume certain civil and personal rights and responsibilities, usually at 18 or 21 years; legal age: under age; of age.
  • n. One of the stages of life: the age of adolescence; at an awkward age.
  • n. The state of being old; old age: hair white with age.
  • n. A period in the history of humankind marked by a distinctive characteristic or achievement: the Stone Age; the computer age.
  • n. A period in the history of the earth, usually shorter than an epoch: the Ice Age.
  • n. A period of time marked by the presence or influence of a dominant figure: the Elizabethan Age. See Synonyms at period.
  • n. The period of history during which a person lives: a product of his age.
  • n. A generation: ages yet unborn.
  • n. Informal An extended period of time: left ages ago.
  • transitive v. To cause to become old.
  • transitive v. To cause to mature or ripen under controlled conditions: aging wine.
  • transitive v. To change (the characteristics of a device) through use, especially to stabilize (an electronic device).
  • intransitive v. To become old.
  • intransitive v. To manifest traits associated with old age.
  • intransitive v. To develop a certain quality of ripeness; become mature: cheese aging at room temperature. See Synonyms at mature.
  • age out Informal To reach an age, 18 or 21 years, for example, at which one is no longer eligible for certain special services, such as education or protection, from the state.
  • idiom come of age To reach maturity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or other kind; lifetime.
  • n. That part of the duration of a being or a thing which is between its beginning and any given time; specifically the size of that part.
  • n. The latter part of life; an advanced period of life, eld; seniority; state of being old.
  • n. One of the stages of life; as, the age of infancy, of youth, etc.
  • n. Mature age; especially, the time of life at which one attains full personal rights and capacities.
  • n. The time of life at which some particular power or capacity is understood to become vested.
  • n. A particular period of time in history, as distinguished from others.
  • n. A great period in the history of the Earth.
  • n. A century; the period of one hundred years.
  • n. The people who live at a particular period.
  • n. A generation.
  • n. A long time.
  • v. To cause to grow old; to impart the characteristics of age to.
  • v. To postpone an action that would extinguish something, as a debt.
  • v. To categorize by age.
  • v. To grow aged; to become old; to show marks of age.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or other kind; lifetime.
  • n. That part of the duration of a being or a thing which is between its beginning and any given time; as, what is the present age of a man, or of the earth?
  • n. The latter part of life; an advanced period of life; seniority; state of being old.
  • n. One of the stages of life
  • n. Mature age; especially, the time of life at which one attains full personal rights and capacities.
  • n. The time of life at which some particular power or capacity is understood to become vested
  • n. A particular period of time in history, as distinguished from others.
  • n. A great period in the history of the Earth.
  • n. A century; the period of one hundred years.
  • n. The people who live at a particular period; hence, a generation.
  • n. A long time.
  • n. the right belonging to the player to the left of the dealer to pass the first round in betting, and then to come in last or stay out; also, the player holding this position; the eldest hand.
  • intransitive v. To grow aged; to become old; to show marks of age.
  • transitive v. To cause to grow old; to impart the characteristics of age to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The length of time during which a being or thing has existed; length of life or existence to the time spoken of; period or stage of life in the history of an individual existence, animate or inanimate: as, his age is twenty years; he died at the age of eighty; at your age you should know better; a tree or a building of unknown age; to live to a great age; old age.
  • n. Duration of existence, specifically or generally; the lifetime of an individual, or of the individuals of a class or species on an average: as, the age of the horse is from twenty-five to thirty years.
  • n. A period of human life usually marked by a certain stage of physical or mental development; especially, a degree of development, approximately or presumptively measured by years from birth, which involves responsibility to law and capacity to act with legal effect: as, the age of discretion or of maturity (the former technically occurring some years prior to the latter, about the age of fourteen).
  • n. The particular period of life at which one becomes naturally or conventionally qualified or disqualified for anything: as, at 46 a man is over age and cannot be enlisted; under age for the presidency; canonical age (which see, below).
  • n. Specifically, old age (see 1); the latter part of life or of long-continued existence; the lapse of time, especially as affecting a person's physical or mental powers; the state of being old; oldness.
  • n. An aged person, or old people collectively.
  • n. One of the periods or stages of development into which human life may be divided; time of life: as, life is divided into four ages, infancy, youth, manhood or womanhood, and old age.
  • n. A particular period of history, as distinguished from others; a historical epoch: as, the golden age; the age of heroes; the age of Pericles; the dramatists of the Elizabethan age. See ages in mythology and history, below.
  • n. In geology, a great period of the history of the earth, characterized by the development of some particular phase of organic life or of physical condition: as, the age of reptiles; the age of ice.
  • n. The people who live at a particular period; hence, a generation or a succession of generations: as, ages yet unborn.
  • n.
  • n. A century; the period of one hundred years, as in the phrases dark ages, middle ages, etc.
  • n. A great length of time; a protracted period: as, I have not seen you for an age.
  • n. In poker, the eldest hand, or the first player to the left of the dealer who bets.
  • n. The dark ages, a period of European history, beginning with or shortly before the fall of the Roman Empire of the West (a. d. 476), marked by a general decline of learning and civilization. It was introduced by the great influx of barbarians into western Europe in the fourth and fifth centuries known as the wandering of the nations, and is reckoned by Hallam as extending to the eleventh century, when a general revival of wealth, manners, taste, and learning began, and by others to the time of Dante in the thirteenth century, or later. The middle ages, a period of about a thousand years, between the close of what is technically considered ancient history and the first definite movements in Europe of the distinctively modern spirit of freedom and enterprise. Its beginning is synchronous with that of the dark ages, and it is variously reckoned as extending to the fall of Constantinople (1453), the invention of printing, the Renaissance, or the discovery of America, in the fifteenth century, or to the Reformation, in the early part of the sixteenth. The feudal ages, a portion of the middle ages, marked by the prevalence of feudal institutions and of the spirit of chivalry, extending from their nearly universal establishment in the tenth century to their decline in the sixteenth.
  • n. In Anglican churches, the age at which a man may be ordained to any one of the three grades of the ministry.
  • To grow old; assume the appearance of old age: as, he ages rapidly.
  • To make old; cause to grow or to seem old; produce the effect of age upon; bring to maturity or to a state fit for use; give the character of age or ripeness to: as, to age wine, clay, etc.
  • A noun suffix of French, ultimately of Latin origin.
  • To expose (mordanted or dyed cloth) to the air in order to fix the mordant or dye in insoluble form.
  • n. The fat obtained from the Coccus axin of Mexico. Also called axin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an era of history having some distinctive feature
  • v. make older
  • n. a prolonged period of time
  • n. a late time of life
  • v. begin to seem older; get older
  • n. a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises
  • v. grow old or older
  • n. how long something has existed

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French aage, from Vulgar Latin *aetāticum, from Latin aetās, aetāt-, age; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English age, from Anglo-Norman age, from Old French aage, eage (Modern French âge), from assumed unattested Vulgar Latin *aetāticum, from Latin aetātem, accusative form of aetās, from aevum ("lifetime"). Displaced native Middle English elde ("age") (modern eld; from Old English eldo, ieldo ("age")). (Wiktionary)

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  • "I will not make age an issue. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience."
    Ronald Reagan, age 73, when debating with rival Walter Mondale, age 56, in 1984.

    October 15, 2008

  • "Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough."

    "Middle age is when you go to bed at night and hope you feel better in the morning. Old age is when you go to bed at night and hope you wake up in the morning."
    - both quotes by Groucho Marx.

    December 29, 2007