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old-fash·​ioned ˈōl(d)-ˈfa-shənd How to pronounce old-fashioned (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a past era
wears an old-fashioned black bow tieGreen Peyton
: adhering to customs of a past era
old-fashionedly adverb
old-fashionedness noun


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: a cocktail usually made with whiskey, bitters, sugar, a twist of lemon peel, and a small amount of water or soda

Examples of old-fashioned in a Sentence

Adjective an elegant, old-fashioned bun that was held in place with pearl hairpins I'm so old-fashioned that I actually think people should use standard grammar and punctuation when composing e-mails
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Francis Fukuyama, now 71, insists against all the evidence that old-fashioned liberal democracy is bound to prevail; Cass Sunstein, two years Fukuyama’s junior, urges us to take comfort in our fraying rights. Becca Rothfeld, Washington Post, 3 July 2024 Bowling Enjoy an old-fashioned round of bowling as an indoor activity that doesn’t involve the risk of sunburn or being drenched in a downpour. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 3 July 2024
Its problem stemmed from an old-fashioned maturity mismatch between assets (such as loans and securities) and liabilities (such as deposits). Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Mar. 2023 The results, plotted on the monitors next door, looked a bit like old-fashioned sing-alongs: follow the bouncing ball. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2023 See all Example Sentences for old-fashioned 

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Word History

First Known Use


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of old-fashioned was in 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Old-fashioned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old-fashioned. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, or like that of an earlier time
old-fashioned clothes
: holding fast to old ways : conservative

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