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Old World

The Eastern Hemisphere. The term is often used to refer specifically to Europe.

Old′-World′ adj.
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of or characteristic of former times, esp, in Europe, quaint or traditional
ˌold-ˈworldly adv
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Old′ World′

a. Europe, Asia, and Africa.
b. Europe.


1. of or pertaining to the ancient world or to a former period of history.
2. of or pertaining to the Old World.
old′-world′ly, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.old-world - characteristic of former times especially in Europe; "an old-world cottage"
nonmodern - not modern; of or characteristic of an earlier time
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adjective traditional, old-fashioned, picturesque, quaint, archaic, gentlemanly, courteous, gallant, courtly, chivalrous, ceremonious his perfect manners and old-world charm
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[ˈəʊldˈwɜːld] ADJ
1. (= traditional) → antiguo; [style] → clásico; [manners] → anticuado
the old-world charm of Toledoel sabor antiguo or arcaico de Toledo
2. (Geog) → del Viejo Mundo
see also old C
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[ˈəʊldˈwɜːld] adjdi vecchio stile, di vecchio stampo
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It was a rude, mud-built town in the time of the Britons, who squatted there, until the Roman legions evicted them; and replaced their clay-baked walls by mighty fortifications, the trace of which Time has not yet succeeded in sweeping away, so well those old-world masons knew how to build.
If you stay the night on land at Clifton, you cannot do better than put up at the "Barley Mow." It is, without exception, I should say, the quaintest, most old-world inn up the river.
Cut on one of these pillars we discovered the crude likeness of a mummy, by the head of which sat what appeared to be the figure of an Egyptian god, doubtless the handiwork of some old-world labourer in the mine.
My own idea is, that this terrific object was a freak of fancy on the part of some old-world sculptor, and that its presence had suggested to the Kukuanas the idea of placing their royal dead under its awful presidency.
It did not seem as if the subject of his address were of great importance; indeed, from his pointing, it some times appeared as if he were only inquiring his way; but the moon shone on his face as he spoke, and the girl was pleased to watch it, it seemed to breathe such an innocent and old-world kindness of disposition, yet with something high too, as of a well-founded self-content.
Katherine's Dock, the old-world air of the London Docks, remain impressed upon the memory.
It is written in English not unlike the English of to-day, and although it has a quaint, old-world sound, we can readily understand it.
The venue itself exudes old-world charm, with it being a restored 1920s art-deco home, spacious and ideal for special celebrations and functions.
Along with the Spice Souq, which is adjacent, Grand Souq brings back the old-world charm.