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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient world or a past era.

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  • adj. Of, or relating to the ancient world or former times

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characteristic of former times especially in Europe.
  • adj. Native to the Old World; not found in the Americas.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the ancient world; belonging to a prehistoric or far bygone age; antiquated; old-fashioned.
  • Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Old World (Europe, Asia, and Africa) as distinguished from the New World or America.
  • Specifically, of or pertaining to the continents of the eastern hemisphere as known before the discovery of America; paleogean: as, the old-world apes.

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

  • adj. characteristic of former times especially in Europe


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