[ ey-jid for 1, 2, 5, 6; eyjd for 1, 3, 4 ]
/ ˈeɪ dʒɪd for 1, 2, 5, 6; eɪdʒd for 1, 3, 4 /


having lived or existed long; of advanced age; old: an aged man; an aged tree.
pertaining to or characteristic of old age: aged wrinkles.
of the age of: a man aged 40 years.
brought to maturity or mellowness, as wine, cheese, or wood: aged whiskey.
Physical Geography. old; approaching the state of peneplain.


(used with a plural verb) old people collectively (usually preceded by the): We must have improved medical care for the aged.

Origin of aged

1375–1425; late Middle English. See age, -ed2


Definition for aged (2 of 2)

[ eyj ]
/ eɪdʒ /


verb (used without object), aged, ag·ing or age·ing.

to grow old: He is aging rapidly.
to mature, as wine, cheese, or wood: a heavy port that ages slowly.

verb (used with object), aged, ag·ing or age·ing.

Origin of age

1225–75; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French aage, eage, equivalent to (< Latin aetātem accusative of ae(vi)tās age; aev(um) time, lifetime + -itās -ity) + -age -age; (v.) Middle English agen, derivative of the noun

synonym study for age

6. Age, epoch, era, period all refer to an extent of time. Age usually implies a considerable extent of time, especially one associated with a dominant personality, influence, characteristic, or institution: the age of chivalry. Epoch and era are often used interchangeably to refer to an extent of time characterized by changed conditions and new undertakings: an era ( or epoch ) of invention. epoch sometimes refers especially to the beginning of an era: the steam engine—an epoch in technology. A period may be long or short, but usually has a marked condition or feature: the glacial period; a period of expansion.


in·ter·age, adjective pre·age, verb, pre·aged, pre·ag·ing. sub·age, noun un·ag·ing, adjective

Example sentences from the Web for aged

British Dictionary definitions for aged (1 of 2)

/ (ˈeɪdʒɪd) /


  1. advanced in years; old
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the aged
of, connected with, or characteristic of old age
(eɪdʒd) (postpositive) having the age of a woman aged twenty
geography (not in technical use) having reached an advanced stage of erosion

British Dictionary definitions for aged (2 of 2)

/ (eɪdʒ) /


verb ages, ageing, aging or aged

Word Origin for age

C13: via Old French from Vulgar Latin aetatīcum (unattested), from Latin aetās, ultimately from aevum lifetime; compare aeon

Medical definitions for aged

[ āj ]


The length of time that one has existed; duration of life.


To become old.
To manifest traits associated with old age.

Idioms and Phrases with aged


see act one's age; coon's age; golden age; in this day and age; of age; ripe old age; under age.