Definition of old-world in US English:

old-world

(also old world, Old World)

adjective

  • Belonging to or associated with former times, especially when considered quaint and attractive.

    ‘medieval towns that still retain old-world charm’
    • ‘Sally said: ‘We are enchanted by the quaint old-world atmosphere in Cheam Village and like the idea of tradition and old values.’’
    • ‘It also manages to have a go-ahead and prosperous air while retaining an old-world grace and charm.’
    • ‘It's the capital of the Jutland peninsula, on the north-east coast, and is known throughout the country for its old-world charm and picturesque streets.’
    • ‘While electric lights and barricades, in a spirit of technological renovation enable greater study and ensure much-needed protection, they take away the magic and old-world charm that one associates with temple architecture.’
    • ‘The ‘gateway to the Orient,’ with its old-world Italian charm, is made even more quaint by the inner-city waterways and proliferation of gondolas that no other city in the world resembles.’
    • ‘Alongside the vacuum tubes and rectifiers, Cathcart exposes us to the old-world charm of Cambridge in the 1920s.’
    • ‘Its 18th- and 19th-century buildings, many constructed of wood, give St John's an old-world charm.’
    • ‘With its straightforward narrative, show tune chestnuts and quaint, old-world coziness, the show is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for the Sunday matinee crowd.’
    • ‘In fairness, Malmo does have an undeniable old-world charm and some passable nightlife, but Copenhagen is the place where it all really happens both during the day and after hours.’
    • ‘Here the ritual of the election night is a quaint old-world tradition closer to pantomime than politics.’
    • ‘Decorations, typical of those often seen during the marriage season, brightened up the interiors and lent an old-world charm.’
    • ‘Temperate climates, glorious sea air and a dash of old-world charm are all to be found in Grange-over-Sands and surrounding villages.’
    • ‘‘The Grand Old Lady of Racecourse Road will retain her old-world charm while being a global hotel in every way,’ he says.’
    • ‘Dining on formal days is very elegant, leisurely and full of old-world charm.’
    • ‘The flooring, in muted earth coloured Athangudi tiles, completes the quaint old-world look keeping the aesthetics of the centre fine-tuned to the traditional philosophy of healing.’
    • ‘When Sofitel took charge in 1984, it added wings in the traditional style, maintaining the old-world charm.’
    • ‘Then there is the loch sprawling on two sides, the old-world charm of the buildings, the encroaching mountains and the 40 acres of woodland.’
    • ‘Even the Buena Vista camp, for all its carefully maintained old-world charm, has not been immune to outside influences.’
    • ‘A real gem of a hotel situated in 500 acres of beautiful rolling countryside five miles outside Kelso, perhaps the prettiest town in the Borders, the Roxburghe retains a staid, old-world charm.’
    • ‘And this is not fake old-world charm, it's the real thing.’
    old-fashioned, old, archaic, traditional, past, bygone, classical, craft
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Pronunciation

old-world

/ˈoʊld ˈˌwərld/