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 Rules hasn’t ever had this aggressive an addition of new faces to the opening credits, which is likely due to the fact that the original SUR staffers are now entering middle age and buying homes in the Valley. Tim Stack, EW.com, "Vanderpump Rules season 8 trailer reveals new cast members," 7 Nov. 2019 But even the oldest of those trees barely surpass the century mark — middle age for white pines, which can live more than 250 years; and adolescent for hemlocks, which can live to 600 years. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hike through some of Wisconsin's oldest and biggest trees in these old-growth forests," 24 Oct. 2019 Some people hit middle age and buy a shiny red sports car. Sue Sanders, Los Angeles Times, "She went nuts when he ate cashews from the minibar. Could this trip be saved?," 16 Oct. 2019 Perhaps the most notable example is Michael Apted’s series of films that began with 7 Up and followed a group of British youths through their childhood to middle age; the latest installment, 63 Up, is due to be released soon. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sing Me a Song': Film Review," 8 Nov. 2019 The idea middle age is a time of psychological gloom is also belied by research evidence. Nick Haslam, CNN, "Why the 'midlife crisis' is a myth," 14 Oct. 2019 Even some middle age couples with children still at home are trading in the vast green lawns and backyard pools of suburbia for a smaller living area, lured by the central city’s urban vibe. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Downsizing to move downtown takes planning and a strong stomach," 30 Sep. 2019 More Golf Stories Now he’s no longer a rising star but rather the onetime star inching toward middle age. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Adam Scott zooms into tie for the lead at PGA Tour event in Napa," 26 Sep. 2019 Wine Country, directed by Amy Poehler and released this past spring, sees a group of old friends travel to Napa for a 50th birthday only to discover that no one escapes middle age unscathed. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "'Is 55 Too Old to Go on Tinder?' What Dating Looks Like for the Middle-Aged," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of middle age

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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29 Nov 2019

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“Middle age.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle-ager. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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