age
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French aage, age, from Vulgar Latin *aetaticum, from Latin aetat-, aetas, from aevum lifetime — more at aye Date: 13th century 1. a. the time of life at which some particular qualification, power, or capacity arises or rests <
the voting age is 18
>
; specifically majority b. one of the stages of life c. the length of an existence extending from the beginning to any given time <
a boy 10 years of age
>
d. lifetime e. an advanced stage of life 2. a period of time dominated by a central figure or prominent feature <
the age of Pericles
>
: as a. a period in history or human progress <
the age of reptiles
>
<
the age of exploration
>
b. a cultural period marked by the prominence of a particular item <
entering the atomic age
>
c. a division of geologic time that is usually shorter than an epoch 3. a. the period contemporary with a person's lifetime or with his or her active life b. a long time — usually used in plural <
haven't seen him in ages
>
c. generation 4. an individual's development measured in terms of the years requisite for like development of an average individual Synonyms: see period II. verb (aged; aging or ageing) Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to become old ; show the effects or the characteristics of increasing age 2. to acquire a desirable quality (as mellowness or ripeness) by standing undisturbed for some time <
letting cheese age
>
transitive verb 1. to cause to become old 2. to bring to a state fit for use or to maturity • ager noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • age — age …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • âgé — âgé …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • age — age·a·ble; age; age·less; age·long; age·net·ic; al·ien·age; al·loy·age; al·tar·age; am·per·age; an·ec·dot·age; ap·pend·age; ar·rear·age; av·er·age·ly; av·er·age·ness; bale·age; bal·last·age; bar·on·age; bar·on·et·age; bar·rel·age; bea·con·age;… …   English syllables

  • age — [ aʒ ] n. m. • 1801; var. dial. (Poitou, Berry) de haie XIIIe, en ce sens ♦ Longue pièce horizontale à laquelle s ajustent le soc et toutes les autres pièces de la charrue. ⊗ HOM. poss. Âge. ● age nom masculin (ancien français haie, du francique… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • âge — age [ aʒ ] n. m. • 1801; var. dial. (Poitou, Berry) de haie XIIIe, en ce sens ♦ Longue pièce horizontale à laquelle s ajustent le soc et toutes les autres pièces de la charrue. ⊗ HOM. poss. Âge. ● age nom masculin (ancien français haie, du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • âgé — age [ aʒ ] n. m. • 1801; var. dial. (Poitou, Berry) de haie XIIIe, en ce sens ♦ Longue pièce horizontale à laquelle s ajustent le soc et toutes les autres pièces de la charrue. ⊗ HOM. poss. Âge. ● age nom masculin (ancien français haie, du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • âge — ÂGE. s. m. La durée ordinaire de la vie. L âge de l homme ne passe pas communément quatre vingts ans. L âge des chevaux n est guère que de trente ans. ⁧e d homme, signifie, L âge viril. Quand cet enfant sera parvenu à l âge d homme. Il signifie… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • age — AGE. Autrefois on escrivoit Aage. s. m. l A est long, & on met un accent circonflexe dessus. La durée ordinaire de la vie. Age d homme. il n a pas vescu âge d homme. l âge du cheval est de trente ans. Age, signifie aussi, Le temps qu il y a qu on …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Age — ([=a]j), n. [OF. aage, eage, F. [^a]ge, fr. L. aetas through a supposed LL. aetaticum. L. aetas is contracted fr. aevitas, fr. aevum lifetime, age; akin to E. aye ever. Cf. {Each}.] 1. The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -age — ⇒ AGE, suff. Suff. formateur de subst. d action ou de subst. à valeur coll. I. [Avec des bases verbales] Les dérivés expriment l action; plus rarement le sujet, le moyen, le résultat, le lieu de l action; age s accole le plus souvent à des verbes …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • age — n: the time of life at which some particular qualification, power, or capacity arises the voting age is 18 see also legal age, majority Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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