- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈəʊl.dn̩/, /ˈəʊl.dən/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈoʊldn̩/, /ˈoʊldən/
- Rhymes: -əʊldən
olden (not comparable)
- From or relating to a previous era.
- olden days, olden times
- 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 156:
- "You are right to some extent in what you say. In the olden days people had a stronger belief in all kinds of witchery; now they pretend not to believe in it, that they may be looked upon as sensible and educated people, as you say."
- (archaic) Old; ancient.
- 1857, Browne, Martha Griffith, Autobiography of a Female Slave:
- We […] told over the story of past sufferings, and renewed olden vows of devotion.
Now mostly restricted to certain set phrases, such as "olden days" and "olden times".
- (relating to a previous era): bygone, historical; see also Thesaurus:past
- (old, ancient): auld, eldern; see also Thesaurus:old
- (intransitive, old-fashioned or rare) To grow old; age; assume an older appearance or character; become affected by age.
- 1912, Ayscough, John, 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.