Definition of olde worlde in English:

olde worlde


  • In or relating to an old-fashioned style that is intended to be quaint and attractive (often used to suggest a lack of authenticity)

    ‘olde worlde inns’
    • ‘Barely had I ventured four streets from my office when I stumbled upon an olde worlde store, the windows crammed with mouth-watering delicacies and the largest range of brightly coloured bottles I had ever seen.’
    • ‘This is olde worlde dining, pickled in brine and preserved in aspic.’
    • ‘Although Gerard has extensively refurbished the building, he has still retained a lot of the original features and it still has an olde worlde feel.’
    • ‘While Americans still tend to favour the lush climate and silky white sands of the Caribbean, they are fast developing a predilection for crumbling European castles and quaint, olde worlde traditions.’
    • ‘Far from the red-carpeted olde worlde retreat it was when I last visited, it's now a contemporary bar with minimalist décor except for the odd chrome fixture and abstract painting.’
    old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, out of date, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, dead, musty, old-time, old-world, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated
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olde worlde

/əʊldi ˈwəːldi/