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 In practice the new molecular insights into human-to-dog age conversion encapsulated by the logarithmic law suggest that dogs move into middle age even more rapidly than most dog-owners would have suspected. Christian Yates, Quartz, "Your dog may be older than you think," 4 Dec. 2019 Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies, taking over from Matt Smith), is shifting from sullen resentment to grumpy middle age. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Crown’ and the Burdens of a No-Drama Queen," 14 Nov. 2019 Contests are held at the Spencerview Athletic Complex for the younger set, the Ruth Minchen Athletic Complex for the middle ages and Dow Park for the Pony Division. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Final walk-up youth baseball registration set for this Saturday," 21 Jan. 2020 His father, who had set aside his own studies midway through Harvard University due to an illness, returned to finish in middle age and graduated from Harvard in 1955, at age 56. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "CVS cofounder Ralph P. Hoagland III, an entrepreneur with endless ideas, dies at 86," 21 Jan. 2020 Happiness tends to decline as people move into middle age, hits bottom around age 44, and then steadily rises in our 50s, 60s, and 70s, according to global surveys from more than 70 countries. Maureen Stanton, Longreads, "Through a Glass, Tearfully," 17 Jan. 2020 Alexis, who hopes to become a poet, has a congenital condition that could leave her blind by middle age. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "The Equality Conundrum," 6 Jan. 2020 That practice lasted from the late middle ages until 1912. Noah Feldman, Twin Cities, "Noah Feldman: If Trump’s impeached, then why can’t a Senate trial start now?," 30 Dec. 2019 Shahid’s father — a man in distinguished middle age, wearing wire-rimmed glasses — was riding his bicycle home when he was surrounded by Hindu youths, who began beating him with hockey sticks. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "The Jungle Prince of Delhi," 22 Nov. 2019

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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-aged. Accessed 21 Feb. 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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