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-age British & World English

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age British & World English

The length of time that a person has lived or a thing has existed

age gap British & World English

A difference in age between people, especially as a potential source of misunderstanding

age-old British & World English

Having existed for a very long time

old age British & World English

The later part of normal life

New Age British & World English

A broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture, with an interest in spirituality, mysticism, holism, and environmentalism

ice age British & World English

A glacial episode during a past geological period

age group British & World English

A number of people or things classed together as being of similar age

age-long British & World English

Having existed for a very long time

age-mate British & World English

A person or animal that is the same age as another

age range British & World English

A range of ages

full age British & World English

Adult status (especially with reference to legal rights and duties)

steam age British & World English

The time when trains were drawn by steam locomotives

Stone Age British & World English

A prehistoric period when weapons and tools were made of stone or of organic materials such as bone, wood, or horn

space age British & World English

The era starting when the exploration of space became possible

third age British & World English

The period in life of active retirement, following middle age

Jazz Age British & World English

The 1920s in the US characterized as a period of carefree hedonism, wealth, freedom, and youthful exuberance, reflected in the novels of writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald

Iron Age British & World English

A prehistoric period that followed the Bronze Age, when weapons and tools came to be made of iron

legal age British & World English

The age at which a person takes on the rights and responsibilities of an adult

awkward age British & World English

The period of adolescence marked by self-consciousness and moody behavior

act one's age in age British & World English

Behave in a manner appropriate to someone of one’s age and not to someone younger

of an age in age British & World English

Old enough to be able or expected to do something

of an age British & World English

Old enough to be able or expected to do something

bottle age British & World English

Time spent by a wine maturing in its bottle

Bronze Age British & World English

A prehistoric period that followed the Stone Age and preceded the Iron Age, when weapons and tools were made of bronze rather than stone

Copper Age British & World English

The Chalcolithic period, especially in SE Europe

mental age British & World English

A person’s mental ability expressed as the age at which an average person reaches the same ability

middle age British & World English

The period after early adulthood and before old age, about 45 to 65

nuclear age British & World English

The period in history usually considered to have begun with the first use of the atomic bomb (1945). It is characterized by nuclear energy as a military, industrial, and sociopolitical factor

school age British & World English

The age range of children normally attending school

silver age British & World English

A period regarded as notable but inferior to a golden age, such as that of so-called silver Latin literature

reading age British & World English

A child’s reading ability expressed with reference to an average age at which a comparable ability is found

heroic age British & World English

The period in Greek history and legend before the Trojan War and its aftermath, in which the legends of the heroes were set

golden age British & World English

An idyllic, often imaginary past time of peace, prosperity, and happiness

age hardening British & World English

Spontaneous hardening of a metal which occurs if it is quenched and then stored at ambient temperature or treated with mild heat

drinking age British & World English

The minimum age at which it is legal for a person to buy alcohol

military age British & World English

The age range within which a person is eligible for military service

come of age in age British & World English

Reach adult status (in UK law at 18, formerly 21)

come of age British & World English

Reach adult status (in UK law at 18, formerly 21)

age-appropriate British & World English

Suitable for a particular age or age group

age-restricted British & World English

Limited to people above or below a certain age

a dog's age British & World English

A very long time

feel one's age in feel British & World English

Become aware that one is growing older and less energetic

look one's age in look British & World English

Appear to be as old as one really is

retirement age British & World English

The age at which most people normally retire from work

act one's age British & World English

Behave in a manner appropriate to someone of one’s age and not to someone younger

age of consent British & World English

The age at which a person’s consent to sexual intercourse is valid in law

age of reason British & World English

The Enlightenment

coming of age in coming British & World English

The age or occasion when one formally becomes an adult


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