old style

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capitalized O&S : a style of reckoning time used before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar
: a style of type distinguished by graceful irregularity among individual letters, bracketed serifs, and but slight contrast between light and heavy strokes

Old Style

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: using or according to the Julian calendar

Examples of old style in a Sentence

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But more than half a century later, Sanjay Leela Bhansali — now 61 and a rare remaining master of the grand old style of Indian filmmaking — has not let go of his seat at that small cinema, Alankar Talkies, on the hem of the city’s red-light district. Mujib Mashal Atul Loke, New York Times, 1 May 2024 Many of the models in the lookbook were sporting vintage-looking Nikes, which were not old styles pulled by the stylist George Cortina, but the stars of the American brand’s first-ever collaboration with the sneaker giant. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 8 Apr. 2024 The grand old style requires desserts with wit and inventiveness. Pete Wells, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Of all the recent attempts to revive the grand old style, the most opulent is Café Carmellini, which set up shop in November inside a 1907 Renaissance Revival palazzo on lower Fifth Avenue, now enjoying a new life as a hotel. Pete Wells, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 What was once an old style taboo is, clearly, now a fresh color pairing. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 9 Oct. 2023 But for old style, toaster/resistance heaters, Tom says range can drop by a third or even more in sub-freezing weather. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2023 People who could use the old style will find the new version throws birds much farther. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 24 May 2023 Since a rapidly increasing trend cycle means old styles come back into fashion faster, resellers can make a major profit by combing local thrift stores, charity shops, and bargain bins for clothing that is coming back into style. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1667, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of old style was in 1617

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“Old style.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20style. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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Old Style

: the way the calendar was calculated before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar
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