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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ohl-dist]
    • /ˈoʊl dɪst/
    • /əʊld/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ohl-dist]
    • /ˈoʊl dɪst/

Definitions of oldest word

  • adjective oldest far advanced in the years of one's or its life: an old man; an old horse; an old tree. 1
  • adjective oldest of or relating to the latter part of the life or term of existence of a person or thing: old age. 1
  • adjective oldest as if or appearing to be far advanced in years: Worry had made him old. 1
  • adjective oldest having lived or existed for a specified time: a man 30 years old; a century-old organization. 1
  • adjective oldest having lived or existed as specified with relation to younger or newer persons or things: Jim is our oldest boy. 1
  • adjective oldest having been aged for a specified time: This whiskey is eight years old. 1

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Origin of oldest

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English eald, ald; cognate with Dutch old, German alt, Gothic altheis; akin to Old Norse ala to nourish

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Parts of speech for Oldest


oldest popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

oldest usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for oldest

adjective oldest

  • eldest — (of one out of a group of related or otherwise associated people) of the greatest age; oldest.
  • first-born — first in the order of birth; eldest.
  • first — being before all others with respect to time, order, rank, importance, etc., used as the ordinal number of one: the first edition; the first vice president.
  • earliest — in or during the first part of a period of time, a course of action, a series of events, etc.: early in the year.
  • original — belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something, or to a thing at its beginning: The book still has its original binding.

noun oldest

  • elder — (of one or more out of a group of related or otherwise associated people) of a greater age.

Antonyms for oldest

adjective oldest

  • last — occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring.
  • aftermost — closer or closest to the rear or (in a vessel) the stern; last
  • endwise — Upright, or standing on end.

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