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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

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But the PlayStation 5 version, released last week, introduces a third option: local, or so-called couch co-op, which allows people to play the old-fashioned way on a split screen, sitting side-by-side. Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2023 At the hotel’s restaurant, Locanda Sotto gli Archi, the menu is filled with old-fashioned working-class dishes. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 10 Sep. 2023 Voice notes, and even old-fashioned phone calls are fine in moderation, but when done excessively, can interrupt other travelers from hearing important information about their flights and gate changes. Jenn Rice, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Sep. 2023 While Louisville has its share of white-tablecloth places with old-fashioned service (and menu offerings to match), the energy in its increasingly eclectic culinary scene has begun to shift into unexpected places. Valerie Rains, Southern Living, 7 Sep. 2023 Nowadays, old-fashioned steam engines alternate with biodiesel locomotives for the three-hour round trip on the mountain’s western slope. Patricia Harris and David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2023 As print fades, so do the old-fashioned joys of following the ideological contortions of a newspaper editorial page. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 4 Sep. 2023 There will be a 5K Grape Day Run, old-fashioned children’s games, face painting and balloon art along with a 4-H petting zoo. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023 Directed by William Friedkin, this thriller about a young mother (Ellen Burstyn) who tries to exorcise her young daughter (Linda Blair), is brimming with old-fashioned scare shots and a highly quotable script. Amy MacKelden, ELLE, 28 Aug. 2023
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 However The Reporter Wants To Communicate While email is my primary means of starting a relationship with a reporter, that relationship can move to Twitter, text or an old-fashioned phone call. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 The shift to digital payments also accelerated during the pandemic, leading stores to replace old-fashioned cash tip jars with tablet touch screens. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 25 Mar. 2023 Director Michael Wainstein has cast his show with faces that radiate optimism in the best old-fashioned musical style. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Mar. 2023 Also called Butterfly roses, Mutabilis is just one of the tough modern and old-fashioned roses. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Mar. 2023 Instead of an old-fashioned announcement or an Instagram post, however, the pair chose to reveal the news in true pop star style. Alberto Sisí Sánchez, Vogue, 24 Mar. 2023 The menu is huge and offers everything from butter horns to cheese fondue to old-fashioned pressure cooker fried chicken. Jevensen, oregonlive, 21 Mar. 2023 See More

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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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“Old-fashioned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old-fashioned. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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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