: having existed for ages : ancient

Examples of age-old in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Learning the biology behind this age-old, rock-solid advice can encourage us to take other actions that will help promote a long and healthy life. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 9 Apr. 2024 Nevertheless, the state’s age-old jousting over water use priorities continues and may become more intense as climate change affects the amount of water available. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 6 Apr. 2024 In the age-old battle against rats, veterans in Washington, D.C., are reaching consensus that victory is measured not in annihilation, but in changing human behavior by building community trust and cooperation. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Apr. 2024 Soccer Mexico’s national soccer team must deal with an age-old problem March 26, 2024 Kuntz, one of the few Black MLS executives at the GM level or above, has changed the Galaxy in other ways too. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2024 Consulting organizations face many challenges today, not the least of which is the age-old question of how to spotlight their menu of services. Will Conaway, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 In response, Swiss lawmakers took on an age-old debate: drug policy based on treatment, or drug policy based on law enforcement. Lev Facher, STAT, 26 Mar. 2024 Piracy is an age-old occupation, particularly prevalent in places and times when large gaps have separated the rich and the poor. Bradley Brownell / Jalopnik, Quartz, 23 Mar. 2024 Friday seemed a day well positioned as a March battleground in an age-old meteorological conflict between two mighty opposites: precipitation and possible flooding versus dessication and possible fire. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of age-old was in 1860

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“Age-old.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/age-old. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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: having existed for ages : ancient
an age-old story
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