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old +‎ fashion +‎ -ed



old-fashioned (comparative more old-fashioned, superlative most old-fashioned)

  1. Of a thing, outdated or no longer in vogue.
    Synonyms: date, oldfangled, outdated; see also Thesaurus:obsolete, Thesaurus:unfashionable
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 3, page 320:
      She was seated in a low old-fashioned arm-chair, directly below a portrait of herself, that had been taken just before her first visit to London.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path […]. It twisted and turned, [] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights.
    My bike is old-fashioned but it gets me around.
  2. Of a person, preferring the customs of earlier times.
    You can’t stay the night, because my parents are a bit old-fashioned.



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old-fashioned (plural old-fashioneds)

  1. A cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters and adding whiskey or, less commonly, brandy, served with a twist of citrus rind. [from late 19th c.]
    • 1946, George Johnston, Skyscrapers in the Mist, page 43:
      Old John was mixing Old Fashioneds and every now and then he would turn and stare at the record case with an expression of great loathing.
    • 1996, Paul F. Boller, Presidential Anecdotes (page 286)
      At the end of the workday, the Trumans liked to have a cocktail before dinner. Shortly after they moved into the White House, Mrs. Truman rang for the butler, Alonzo Fields, one afternoon and ordered two old-fashioneds.

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