fad·​ed ˈfā-dəd How to pronounce faded (audio)
: having lost freshness or depth of color
faded jeans
a faded photograph from 1931
: having weakened or diminished with the passage of time
a faded memory
I lie on the bed and look out the window then at the room's whitewashed walls with their message of past and faded glory.Lynne Tillman

Examples of faded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The faded roadside inn is the last of several midcentury hotels that once lined the highway north of Dallas. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 11 Sep. 2023 In the inconspicuous storefront with a faded sign along an industrial stretch of Herricks Road in Mineola, Long Island, across from a truck repair shop, the smell of shellac and the clatter of tools emanate from rear work rooms. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2023 Aside from the uneven waistband, these jeans fall into a nearly straight silhouette from thigh to hemline, and its faded, acid-wash fabric adds a little extra texture to this already-standout pair. Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2023 Home to faded casinos, blazing neon, and the ebb and flow of holiday makers. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug. 2023 Hair is no different—prolonged, unprotected sun exposure can cause melanin and moisture loss, which is what leads to dry, faded curls. Arushi Sinha, Glamour, 27 July 2023 In one photo, the Guest in Residence founder lies down slightly on her side, revealing a large faded tattoo of a dragon. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 July 2023 It’s woven with a faded geometric pattern and comes in an ivory color that feels coastal farmhouse-chic. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 11 July 2023 Now the faded resort, one of the city’s oldest casinos, stands in the way. Livia Albeck-Ripka, New York Times, 20 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of faded was in the 15th century

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“Faded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faded. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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