old-line

adjective \ ˈōl(d)-ˈlīn \

Definition of old-line

1 a :having a reputation or authority based on length or proven quality of service
  • an old-line firm
b :of established prestige and influence
  • old-line families
2 :adhering to traditional policies or practices :conservative

First Known Use of old-line

1803


OLD-LINE Defined for English Language Learners

old-line

adjective

Definition of old-line for English Language Learners

  • : having a good reputation because of the high quality of a service, product, etc., that has been provided for many years

  • : powerful and important in a society for a long time

  • : supporting traditional policies or practices : not encouraging or liking change within an organization



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