old-line

adjective
\ ˈōl(d)-ˈlīn How to pronounce old-line (audio) \

Definition of old-line

1a : 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, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Old-line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old-line. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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old-line

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of old-line

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: 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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