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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Women who worked between early adulthood and middle age showed slower rates of memory decline in late-life compared with those who did not work for pay. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "New clues about why people get Alzheimer’s and how to fight it," 19 July 2019 Somewhere between early adulthood and middle age, a compound in your cells called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) begins a gradual decline. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "The Science of How Your Body Ages," 29 May 2019 Men were also the most common victims of prescription opioids, in middle age as well as young adulthood. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Cocaine, Meth, Opioids All Fuel Rise in Drug-Overdose Deaths," 20 Sep. 2018 Often faced with sexist discrimination, without support from a major record label or agent, Ms. Bryant did not come forth as a band leader until middle age. Giovanni Russonello, BostonGlobe.com, "Clora Bryant, trumpeter and pillar of L.A. jazz scene, dies," 1 Sep. 2019 Women as old as middle age seem to think they are properly dressed to work out, or shop, or go out to eat or drink, or who knows maybe go to work, in tights paired with some ordinary garment above. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Behind the Times," 22 Aug. 2019 By middle age, in contrast, our character is more or less set, and norms have less impact. Annette Kämmerer, Scientific American, "The Scientific Underpinnings and Impacts of Shame," 9 Aug. 2019 But for wealthy Asian consumers, middle age is the new prime of life—not the beginning of the end that prompts the dreaded midlife crisis. Catherine Feliciano-chon, Quartz, "Asia’s affluent boomers are making aging aspirational," 29 July 2019 Can the show’s fifty-something Southerners achieve something special in middle age? Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Think midlife do-overs are funny? See this Southern-fried comedy," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of middle age

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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