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old +‎ fashion +‎ -ed. The cocktail (which goes back to at least the early 1800s) got its name in the late 1800s as more complicated cocktails became common and those who preferred simpler drinks began asking for old-fashioned cocktails.



old-fashioned (comparative more old-fashioned, superlative most old-fashioned)

  1. Of a thing, outdated or no longer in vogue.
    Synonyms: dated, oldfangled, outdated; see also Thesaurus:obsolete, Thesaurus:unfashionable
    My bike is old-fashioned but it gets me around.
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XIX, in Romance and Reality. [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, page 320:
      She was seated in a low old-fashioned arm-chair, directly below a portrait of herself, that had been taken just before her first visit to London.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path […]. It twisted and turned, [] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights.
  2. Of a person, preferring the customs of earlier times.
    You can’t stay the night, because my parents are a bit old-fashioned.



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old-fashioned (plural old-fashioneds)

  1. A cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters and adding whiskey or, less commonly, brandy, served with a twist of citrus rind. [from late 19th c.]
    • 1946, George Johnston, Skyscrapers in the Mist, page 43:
      Old John was mixing Old Fashioneds and every now and then he would turn and stare at the record case with an expression of great loathing.
    • 1956, Ian Fleming, chapter 15, in Diamonds Are Forever:
      Bond took a shower and changed and walked down the road and had two Bourbon old-fashioneds and the Chicken Dinner at $2.80 in the air-conditioned eating house on the corner that was as typical of ‘the American way of life’ as the motel.
    • 1996, Paul F. Boller, Presidential Anecdotes, page 286:
      At the end of the workday, the Trumans liked to have a cocktail before dinner. Shortly after they moved into the White House, Mrs. Truman rang for the butler, Alonzo Fields, one afternoon and ordered two old-fashioneds.

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old-fashioned c

  1. old-fashioned (cocktail)