middle age


Definition of middle age

: the period of life from about 45 to about 64

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

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 By middle age, her Hockney has forgotten how love works, refusing to feel guilt and refusing to take responsibility. The Economist, "A fictionalised biography of David Hockney," 4 June 2019 Despite being well past middle age, the B-52H is one of the most versatile combat aircraft around. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Just Deployed B-52s to the Middle East," 8 May 2019 The hyoid starts out as three small bones with joint-like connections but hardens during middle age into a U-shape that can break more easily. al, "Broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck raise questions," 15 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'middle age.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of middle age

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about middle age

Dictionary Entries near middle age




middle age

Middle Ages



Statistics for middle age

Last Updated

20 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for middle age

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for middle age

middle age


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

middle age

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

More from Merriam-Webster on middle age

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with middle age

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for middle age

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about middle age

Comments on middle age

What made you want to look up middle age? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


suitable to be imparted to the public

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!