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 age (audio) \ adjective
middle-ager \ ˌmi-​dᵊl-​ˈā-​jər How to pronounce middle age (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 Blame some of that on contemporary rap’s forebears, who, in middle age, have turned to old-money methods as a sign of maturity—none more so than New York City’s hip-hop kingpins Jay-Z and Nas. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "The Empty Blockbuster Music of DJ Khaled," 4 May 2021 The narrator is familiar: a sharply observant writer in middle age. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Rachel Cusk’s New Novel Turns Up the Heat at a Private Artist’s Retreat," 26 Apr. 2021 In middle age, becoming too buddy-buddy with another person can frankly seem puerile. New York Times, "Just Passing Through," 12 Apr. 2021 Piper stars as Suzie Pickles, an actress who, like Piper herself, found teen-age stardom as a singer and is now entering the career descent of early middle age. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "“Roadkill” Offers the Fantasy of Politics as Usual," 30 Nov. 2020 Learning to be an aesthete in middle age, as Nemerov has, is like taking tango lessons in your fifties: the spirit is admirable, but the moves are awkward. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Helen Frankenthaler and the Messy Art of Life," 5 Apr. 2021 To play Tusker, an American novelist in a long-term relationship with musician Sam, Tucci, alongside Firth and Macqueen, did extensive research on dementia, particularly in people of middle age, and met with doctors at University College London. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, "Stanley Tucci landed a great role in ‘Supernova.’ Then he swapped it with his costar," 18 Jan. 2021 The collection focuses on observations of middle age and aging from his unique view. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Beginning just before 2000, for white Americans of middle age, mortality rates even stopped declining and then started to increase. Star Tribune, "Schafer: America has a dropout problem, and I'm not talking about schools," 12 Dec. 2020

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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%20age. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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 age (audio) \ adjective

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