middle age


Definition of middle age

: the period of life from about 45 to about 64

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Other Words from middle age

middle-aged \ ˌmi-​dᵊl-​ˈājd How to pronounce middle-aged (audio) \ adjective
middle-ager \ ˌmi-​dᵊl-​ˈā-​jər How to pronounce middle-ager (audio) \ noun

Examples of middle age in a Sentence

as our generation approaches middle age The patient was in late middle age. He feared the approach of middle age.
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Recent Examples on the Web Even as the first video game generation hits middle age, the idea of adult participation is still seen as vaguely disreputable, or simply beyond the cohort's abilities. Tom Vanderbilt, Wired, "‘Wait, Sylvie’s Dad Plays?!’ The Joy of Fortnite Parenting," 19 Oct. 2020 As played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, Bill and Ted are now in their fifties and still rocking out, though middle age has taken its toll. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Bill and Ted and the Bogus Letdown of Gen X Middle Age," 2 Sep. 2020 Consistent with Fowler’s findings, Hindu sages have long taught that middle age brings a natural longing for spiritual development. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "A Guide to Exploring Faith as an Adult," 13 Aug. 2020 Guzman's adult daughters — 32-year-old Katherine and 28-year-old Jennifer — have stepped up to raise the children their mother embraced in middle age. David Crary, Star Tribune, "2 toddlers lose adoptive mom; older sisters fill the void," 5 Oct. 2020 The driver is a South Asian man in late middle age who has been doing this job for some time. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020 The narrator, also unnamed, is a writer in late middle age who is, in the modern manner, unable to get any work done. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Sigrid Nunez Follows ‘The Friend’ With a Sorrowful, Funny Novel About Death," 31 Aug. 2020 Entering middle age, quantum computing is at last becoming a commercial proposition (see article). The Economist, "Quantum computing What quantum computers reveal about innovation," 26 Sep. 2020 Young adults who are pessimistic are disproportionately likely to suffer poor health in middle age. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "What to Do When the Future Feels Hopeless," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of middle age

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Middle age.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle%20age. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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Kids Definition of middle age

: the period of life from about 45 to about 64 years of age

Other Words from middle age

middle-aged \ ˌmi-​dᵊl-​ˈājd \ adjective

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mid·​dle age | \ ˌmid-ᵊl-ˈāj How to pronounce middle age (audio) \

Medical Definition of middle age

: the period of life from about 45 to about 64 years of age

Other Words from middle age

middle-aged \ ˌmid-​ᵊl-​ˈājd How to pronounce middle-aged (audio) \ adjective

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