Definition of Old Left in US English:

Old Left


  • 1Politics (now US). The older liberal elements in social-democratic activism, especially as distinguished from the more radical New Left that arose during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

  • 2British Politics. The more socialist wing of the Labour Party, as distinct from the liberal and centrist wing which became dominant in the 1980s and 1990s.


1940s. From old + left. Compare old Right, and later New Left and New Right.


Old Left

/ˌəʊl(d) ˈlɛft/