old·​ie | \ ˈōl-dē How to pronounce oldie (audio) \

Definition of oldie

: one that is old especially : a popular song of an earlier day

Examples of oldie in a Sentence

This recipe's an oldie and a favorite in my family.

Recent Examples on the Web

In bilingual bedrooms across Southern California, young Latinx crooners inspired by oldies are making dreamy, soulful pop. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Today: Is the recycling crisis our wake-up call?," 15 Aug. 2019 The big generalists hope to lock the oldies in early. The Economist, "The elderly are the next big growth market for Chinese tech firms," 10 Aug. 2019 Those rabbit holes usually start on Spotify, Soundcloud, Instagram, or Twitter, which is why the vibe of the soundtrack jumps from oldies to indies to future chart-toppers to WTF is this song. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "The Euphoria Soundtrack Is Chaotic In The Best Way — Listen Here," 25 June 2019 An oldie but a goodie, and somewhat related to our ongoing look into the Snoo bassinet. Kelsey Keith, Curbed, "My all-time favorite sofas," 2 Aug. 2019 In-store shoppers can pay using facial-recognition (young people favour this, whereas oldies tend to pay by traditional means). The Economist, "DistributionAmazon and Alibaba are pacesetters of the next supply-chain revolution," 12 July 2019 Music of many genres — ranging from big bands and classic rock to oldies and blues and everything in between — will be performed at various venues, including parks, community gazebos and beachfront properties. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Free outdoor concerts kick-off summer season throughout San Diego County," 20 June 2019 Some of these oldies but goodies are having a notable resurgence. Kyle Johnson, Sunset, "10 Flower Farmer Secrets to Get Your Garden Blooming," 22 Jan. 2018 The bar features Dodgers and Lakers games on TV, a patio, nine draft beers, Dole Whip cocktails and DJs playing funk, hip-hop and oldies. Hadley Tomicki, latimes.com, "A second Angler, Guisados in Beverly Hills and more L.A. restaurant news," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of oldie

1874, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of oldie

informal : someone or something that is not new

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not constant or steady

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