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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
With 360-degree visibility from up to two miles away, these are no-brainer replacements for the old style. Collin Morgan, Car and Driver, 4 Jan. 2023 Here, six two-person igloos are constructed in the millennia-old style of the Inuit people and sit in one of the world’s most active aurora borealis zones. Stephanie Vermillion, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Jan. 2022 Yes, the old style of privacy is gone — but so is riding horses. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, 10 Sep. 2013 In-camera charging is not supported, though, and the KF itself has the old style micro USB port. PCMAG, 9 Nov. 2022 Coming in with purple accents similar to its exterior, the Cullinan offered old style shag carpets, interior shooting star headliner and amazingly comfortable seating. Marc Grasso, Hartford Courant, 1 Oct. 2022 Feeling the pressure of not being able to maintain our family’s old style of living, Joe was living on antacids and drinking way too much. Janet Iacobucci, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2022 And those were just replicas of the old style, anyway. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 2 July 2022 The second valley location takes inspiration from the old style beer halls of Germany and the Czech Republic. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 23 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of old style was in 1617

Dictionary Entries Near old style

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old style

Old Style

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“Old style.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20style. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

Old Style

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