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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English olden, equivalent to old +‎ -en. Compare Old English ealdum, inflected form of eald (old).

AdjectiveEdit

olden (not comparable)

  1. From or relating to a previous era.
    • Cole Porter, Anything Goes
      In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking. Now heaven knows, anything goes.
  2. (archaic) Old; ancient.
    • 1857, Martha Griffith Browne, Autobiography of a Female Slave (page 347)
      We [] told over the story of past sufferings, and renewed olden vows of devotion.

Etymology 2Edit

From old +‎ -en.

VerbEdit

olden (third-person singular simple present oldens, present participle oldening, simple past and past participle oldened)

  1. (intransitive) To grow old; age; assume an older appearance or character; become affected by age.
    • 1912, John Ayscough, Saints and places (page 123)
      They were not worldly days; and so, as we olden with our passage through the world, they stay young, and we love them as pure youthful things are loved.
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NounEdit

olden m (definite singular oldenen, indefinite plural oldener, definite plural oldenene)

  1. (archaic) mast (tree fruit, nut)