old·​ie | \ ˈōl-dē \

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

There are some oldies-but-goodies in the mix too, like One Day, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Baby Mama. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Coming to Netflix December 2018: 101 Movies and TV Shows Arriving in Time for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 2018 Stores in the massive shopping center include some oldies but goodies, including Gap, Claire's, Waldenbooks, and Sam Goody — completely with vintage logos. Zoe Weiner, Teen Vogue, "This "Stranger Things" Season 3 Teaser Is Just an Advertisement for a Mall," 16 July 2018 What unfolded was not revolutionary, but its presentation, drama, and feeling of an oldie born anew made the competition particularly thrilling to watch. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 Drink: The Crown & Anchor Inn This grande dame of Commercial Street is an oldie but goodie. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 July 12 will bring the Bill O’Connell Big Band to Oak Brook, featuring songs from the oldies to the more modern, with contemporary arrangements of traditional big band songs. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Brook summer concert series underway," 1 July 2018 At the age of 74, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer continues to remain active while avoiding becoming an oldies act. Dave Gil De Rubio, Detroit Free Press, "Roger Daltrey teams with DSO for Meadow Brook performance of 'Tommy'," 3 July 2018 One of the greatest divides is generational; that will hardly heal if oldies sit out the experience. The Economist, "If national service is so good, everyone should do it," 5 July 2018 Just a mile east of the lake is Bulldog Brewery in Whiting, a picturesque town that during one of my visits last summer was playing oldies through speakers mounted to buildings along the main drag. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Take a chill ride to northwest Indiana—and its two-dozen breweries," 22 June 2018

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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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