middle age


: the period of life from about 45 to about 64
middle-aged adjective
middle-ager noun

Example Sentences

as our generation approaches middle age The patient was in late middle age. He feared the approach of middle age.
Recent Examples on the Web Courtesy Austin Johnson Cirrhosis or severe liver disease used to be something that mostly struck people in middle age, or older. Patrick Martin, NBC News, 9 Jan. 2023 Instead of staying slim as younger adults and then putting on pounds in middle age, younger people had the highest weight gain. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 15 Aug. 2022 That’s right: The generation long portrayed as young and naïve is entering middle age. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 31 Dec. 2022 That '70s magic could not simply be summoned again, especially as nearly all parties involved approached middle age. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, 10 Dec. 2022 Nearing middle age, Iglesias is now starting life anew. Dallas News, 1 June 2022 And Just Like That, observes these characters’ misadventures in middle age. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Dec. 2022 Sometimes part of the pitch is that metabolism, which is just how your body uses energy, slows down in middle age or that women have a slower metabolism than men. Laura Helmuth, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2022 Hundreds of his cartoons showed couples at a crossroads — often somewhere in middle age — with the man usually the one behaving badly. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of middle age was in the 14th century

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“Middle age.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle%20age. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

middle age

: the period of life from about 45 to about 64

Medical Definition

middle age

mid·​dle age ˌmid-ᵊl-ˈāj How to pronounce middle age (audio)
: the period of life from about 45 to about 64 years of age
middle-aged adjective

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