• The whole duration of a being, whether animal, plant, or other kind, being alive.
  • The number of full years, months, days, hours, etc., that someone, or something, has been alive.
  • One of the stages of life.
  • The time of life at which some particular power or capacity is understood to become vested.
  • A particular period of time in history, as distinguished from others.
  • A great period in the history of the Earth.
  • A period of one hundred years; a century.
  • The people who live during a particular period.
  • A generation.
  • A long time.
  • A unit of geologic time subdividing an epoch into smaller parts.
  • The right of the player to the left of the dealer to pass the first round in betting, and then to come in last or stay out; also, the player holding this position; the eldest hand.
  • That part of the duration of a being or a thing which is between its beginning and any given time; specifically the size of that part.
  • Mature age; especially, the time of life at which one attains full personal rights and capacities.
  • An advanced period of life; the latter part of life; the state of being old; eld, seniority.


  • To cause to grow old; to impart the characteristics of age to.
  • To postpone an action that would extinguish something, as a debt.
  • To categorize by age.
  • To grow aged; to become old; to show marks of age.
  • To indicate that a person has been alive for a certain period of time, especially a long one.


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  • From Middle English age, borrowed from Anglo-Norman age, from Old French aage, eage (Modern French âge), from assumed unattested Vulgar Latin *aetāticum, from Latin aetātem, accusative form of aetās, from aevum, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyu- ("vital force").
  • Displaced native Middle English elde (modern eld; from Old English ieldu, eldo, ieldo).

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