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 \ adjective
middle-ager \-ˈā-jər \ 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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Still, a lot of her clients are well into middle age; some have never mountain-climbed before. Peter Fish, San Francisco Chronicle, "A mountain lover’s guide to the Shasta-Cascade region," 7 June 2018 Now new research shows most African-Americans will develop high blood pressure in middle age, putting them at greater risk of heart disease and other serious health problems. CBS News, "Most African-Americans develop high blood pressure by age 55, study finds," 11 July 2018 The return season’s best story lines involved Darlene (Sara Gilbert) restarting her life and supporting her children amid the disappointments of middle age. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "How to Save ‘The Conners’ From Roseanne," 22 June 2018 Como, the once maniacal, me-hating escape artist, settled into a serene and even affectionate middle age, his morning bed visits and metronomic tail wags for food and walks and nightly treats a steady backbeat to our empty-nest life. Steven Winn, SFChronicle.com, "A loving family remembers the zeitgeist of Como the dog," 2 July 2018 Researchers say to find both the coffin birth and the trepanation, especially trepanation during the European early middle ages, in one person’s remains is extremely rare, CNN reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Medieval grave included coffin birth, early neurosurgery," 27 Apr. 2018 Though Lyle's finely attuned to the anxieties of suburbanites on their scramble toward the complacencies of middle age, the wittiest segments of his script are the put-downs, which soon begin to grate. Irene Hsiao, Chicago Reader, "It's the end of the world at the Barbecue Apocalypse and nobody feels fine," 29 June 2018 The tale is related by a man of middle age remembering an early infatuation, though his memories weave a mystery that is never clarified, never explained. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "Longing, Violence and Social Rank," 25 May 2018 Depression and cardiovascular disease rates declined steadily as fitness in middle age increased. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Midlife Fitness May Protect Against Later Depression," 27 June 2018

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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

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middle-aged \ˌmi-dᵊl-ˈājd \ adjective

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Medical Definition of middle age 

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

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middle-aged \ˌmid-ᵊl-ˈājd \ adjective

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