old style


Definition of old style

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Old Style


Definition of Old Style (Entry 2 of 2)

: using or according to the Julian calendar

Examples of old style in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the 47-year-old Watson, in Orlando on business from Hickory, North Carolina, ordering his lunch at Metro Diner through his phone was better than the old style of table service. Austin Fuller, orlandosentinel.com, "Coronavirus accelerates change as Orlando restaurants get smaller, add takeout windows," 8 Sep. 2020 The eatery features a breakfast and lunch menu with barbecue in addition to old style American diner food and ice cream sundaes. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Roundups: BBQ joint preps for grand opening in New Caney this weekend," 3 Sep. 2020 Although Tutankhamun reigned for only a few years after his father Akhenaten’s death, the rapidity with which the old gods, and the old style, had been restored is evident in the art of his famous tomb. National Geographic, "Anonymous artists invented ancient Egypt's iconic style," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of old style


1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1667, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2020

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“Old style.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20style. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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