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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English olden, equivalent to old +‎ -en. Compare Old English ealdum, inflected form of eald (old).


olden (not comparable)

  1. From or relating to a previous era.
    olden days, olden times
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 156:
      "You are right to some extent in what you say. In the olden days people had a stronger belief in all kinds of witchery; now they pretend not to believe in it, that they may be looked upon as sensible and educated people, as you say."
    • 1934, Cole Porter (lyrics and music), “Anything Goes”:
      In olden days, a glimpse of stockings / Was looked on as something shocking; / Now, heaven knows, / Anything goes.
  2. (archaic) Old; ancient.
    • 1857, Browne, Martha Griffith, Autobiography of a Female Slave:
      We [] told over the story of past sufferings, and renewed olden vows of devotion.
Usage notes[edit]

Now mostly restricted to certain set phrases, such as "olden days" and "olden times".


Etymology 2[edit]

From old +‎ -en.


olden (third-person singular simple present oldens, present participle oldening, simple past and past participle oldened)

  1. (intransitive, old-fashioned or rare) To grow old; age; assume an older appearance or character; become affected by age.
    • 1912, Ayscough, John, Saints and Places, page 123:
      They were not worldly days; and so, as we olden with our passage through the world, they stay young, and we love them as pure youthful things are loved.
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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


olden m (definite singular oldenen, indefinite plural oldener, definite plural oldenene)

  1. (archaic) mast (tree fruit, nut)