Definition of old people in English:

old people

plural noun

  • 1People who are elderly.

    ‘a scheme which ensures that all old people have central heating and insulation’
    • ‘The camera lingers on the old people - their thick ankles and impossibly wrinkled and gnarled hands.’
    • ‘Another problem is the notion that only old people care about these films.’
    • ‘Christine's day job, though she has only one known customer, is Elder Cab, a one-person driving service for old people.’
    • ‘Last time I checked, us old people can still have some summer fun on occasion too.’
    • ‘Kids were busily listening to manufactured boy bands, while all the old people complained that music had lost its meaning, its integrity, and its guitars.’
    • ‘I like stories about old people who have some significance in their lives.’
    • ‘There were even MPs who were going around the country giving speeches to old people on how you can avoid paying this extra tax.’
    • ‘Bernadette preaches respect for animals and old people.’
    • ‘I heard some old people in the audience exclaim on their way out, "Now, THAT's a movie I'd come to again!"’
    • ‘The children steal whenever they can, but the old people are more accepting of their circumstances.’
    1. 1.1Australian Aborigines who live in the traditional manner, regarded by their descendants as repositories of traditional knowledge.
      ‘their father was the last of the original old people from the North West Cape area’
      • ‘We've got to honour and pay our debts to the first Old People who walked this land.’
      • ‘Gupapuyngu, the language I have learnt, is spoken only by the old people.’
      • ‘The old people say, "White people have got no right to come and tell us that tobacco is bad."’
      • ‘When the old people, who are the depositories of these customs, die, the knowledge even of these customs will die also.’
      • ‘Annabelle does not go with Bo to the playgrounds of the old people.’