long·​time | \ˈlȯŋ-ˈtīm \

Definition of longtime 

: having been so for a long time : long-standing a longtime friend a longtime friendship

Examples of longtime in a Sentence

the longtime chairman of the committee longtime residents of the neighborhood

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On September 22, Jordan got down on one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend Jinjara Mitchell. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Star Jordan Connor Just Got Engaged and the Photos are Adorable," 27 Sep. 2018 George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon (born 1956) Herbert is best known for being the longtime resident of Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was famously filmed. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything to Know About Queen Elizabeth's 30 Godchildren," 9 Sep. 2018 Dylan was last linked to longtime girlfriend Britt Robertson but has reportedly not been seen with her since the beginning of the year, while Chloë seemed to part ways with her on-again-off-again boyfriend Brooklyn Beckham in the spring. Lily Rose, Teen Vogue, "Chloë Grace Moretz and Dylan O'Brien Hung Out in L.A., Sparking Romance Rumors," 9 Aug. 2018 From moisturizers to lip masks, this list has something for everyone—K-newbies and longtime K-beauty fans alike. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "The 11 Best Korean Skin-Care Products at Sephora, According to Customers," 5 Nov. 2018 Iger then explained that its new president, Jimmy Pitaro, who replaced longtime executive John Skipper in March, is working towards refocusing the network. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Disney CEO Bob Iger says ESPN has become too political: 'The pendulum may have swung a little bit too far'," 21 Sep. 2018 The auction, which included experiences from the Orioles and every other major league team, benefited the Katharine Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was named for the longtime MLB executive who died in April 2017 of cancer. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Cashner heads to DL with neck strain, receives injection; Ramírez called up," 11 July 2018 Rob Parker, longtime leader of the Stud Stable from his WCW days and prior. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Col. Rob Parker, Dirty Blondes and Simon Gotch Talk Major League Wrestling and more," 11 July 2018 Cunard has been a longtime leader in extended world voyages for decades. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Cunard Line ship to go from New York to Australia and back," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of longtime

1851, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of longtime

: having been something specified for many years

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living or existing for a long time

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