What does old world mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Old World(adj)

    the regions of the world that were known to Europeans before the discovery of the Americas

  2. old-world(adj)

    characteristic of former times especially in Europe

    "an old-world cottage"


  1. Old World(n.)

    The combined territories of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Eastern Hemisphere, as distinguished from The Americas, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.


  1. Old World(ProperNoun)

    The Eastern Hemisphere, especially Europe and the Near East.

  2. Old World(ProperNoun)

    The known world before the discovery of the Americas.


  1. Old World

    The Old World consists of Europe, Asia, and Africa, regarded collectively as the part of the world known to Europeans before the European contact of the Americas. It is used in the context of, and contrast with, the New World. In the context of archaeology and world history, the term "Old World" includes those parts of the world which were in cultural contact from the Bronze Age onwards, resulting in the parallel development of the early civilizations, mostly in the temperate zone between roughly the 45th and 25th parallels, in the area of the Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, the Persian plateau, India and China. These regions were connected via the Silk Road trade route, and they have a pronounced Iron Age period following the Bronze Age. In cultural terms, the Iron Age was accompanied by the so-called Axial Age, referring to cultural, philosophical and religious developments eventually leading to the emergence of the historical Western, Eastern and Far Eastern cultural spheres. The concept of the three continents in the Old World, viz. Asia, Africa, Europe goes back to classical antiquity. Their boundaries as defined by Ptolemy and other geographers of antiquity were drawn along the Nile and Don rivers. This definition remained influential throughout the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of old world in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of old world in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Micky Dolenz:

    Old World meets the New World kind of thing.

  2. Christopher Columbus:

    Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.

  3. John Robinson:

    The political climate has changed, that's hurt cotton's standing, the old world doesn't exist. That's gone with the wind.

  4. Marc Friedland:

    We actually use a lot of Old World craft to make these. So the dyes, the printing, the labor, the hand-wrapping makes them really interesting, i love the combination of Old World craft and modern day technology.

  5. Karen MacNeil:

    Wine in the U.S. in general is expensive. It’s also true of California. In many cases you can get an old world version for much less. That’s a somewhat intractable problem…It’s just expensive to do business in the United States.

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