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Pronunciation: /əʊld/

Translation of old in Spanish:


  • 1 (of certain age) how old are you? ¿cuántos años tienes?, ¿qué edad tienes? he's 10 years old tiene 10 años she's two years older than me me lleva dos años, es dos años mayor que yo my older brother mi hermano mayor our oldest son nuestro hijo mayor when the children are older cuando los niños sean mayores or más grandes day-/week-old chicks pollitos (masculine plural) de un día/de una semana a month-old puppy un cachorro de un mes the house is centuries old la casa tiene siglos my two-year-old daughter mi hija de dos años a group of fifteen-year-/six-year-olds un grupo de quinceañeros/de niños de seis años she's not old enough to go to school no tiene edad de ir a la escuela you're old enough to know better! ¡a tu edad …! he's old enough to be her father podría ser su padre you're as old as you feel lo importante es tener el espíritu joven
  • 2 (not young) mayor; (less polite) viejo the bar's always full of old men el bar siempre está lleno de viejos her experiences had made her old beyond her years sus experiencias la habían hecho madurar muy rápidamente old people feel the cold more los ancianos or las personas mayores or de edad sienten más el frío to get o grow old/older envejecer* doesn't she look old! ¡qué vieja or avejentada está! when I'm old cuando sea vieja
    Example sentences
    • The majority of those left behind are too young, old or sick to travel far.
    • The setting for the film is a beautiful temple on a secluded lake where an old monk and his young charge live.
    • Now we want all residents, young and old, to select a project in their neighbourhood and make a local improvement.
  • 3 3.1 (not new) [clothes/car/remedy] viejo; [city/civilization] antiguo; [custom/tradition] viejo, antiguo a fine old wine un buen vino añejo a beautiful old table una mesa antigua preciosa it's a very old family es una familia de abolengo the old part of the city el casco viejo or antiguo de la ciudad we like to keep to the old ways nos gusta hacer las cosas a la antigua usanza the old country la madre patria 3.2 (longstanding, familiar) (before noun/delante del nombre) [friend/enemy/rivalry] viejo; [injury/problem] antiguo it's the old, old story es la misma historia de siempre
    Example sentences
    • I got to know a little bit about it, at least the old Berlin of the past, through Benjamin's eyes.
    • One of its campaigns is an attack on asylum seekers, which recycles a old leaflet used in past BNP campaigns.
    • Today's feelings were sparked by me walking past my old primary school yesterday for the first time in ages.
    Example sentences
    • I really fancy my guests having a right good old toast to my memory.
    • Get rid of the new-labour new-tory dictatorships and let's have good old democracy back again!
    • So, for this event, I cooked from just regular vegetables and good old ingredients.
    3.3 (experienced, veteran) (before noun/delante del nombre) [campaigner] viejo, veterano
    Example sentences
    • How many times do we need to see the same old arguments made and the same sources quoted?
    • These aren't the same old depressing allegations, no, this time the allegations are red hot!
    • You can resolve the same old problem with a new approach and make a breakthrough.
    Example sentences
    • It's built out of an old palace which has some of the most beautiful Buddhist art I've ever seen.
    • The new gravel road has been built parallel to the old tarmac Gun Park Road
    • Hidden in a narrow alley of the old quarter of Nice, one discovered it by chance or word-of-mouth.
  • 4 (former, previous) (before noun/delante del nombre) [job/classmate] antiguo my old school mi antiguo colegio
  • 5
    [Linguistics/Lingüística] (before noun/delante del nombre) antiguo
  • 6 [colloquial/familiar] (before noun/delante del nombre) 6.1 (as intensifier/como palabra enfática) just wear any old thing ponte cualquier cosa come and see me any old time ven a verme cuando quieras she dresses just any old way o (in British English also/en inglés británico también) any old how se viste de cualquier manera we had a pretty dull old time nos aburrimos mortalmente [colloquial/familiar] this book is a load of old rubbish este libro es una porquería [colloquial/familiar] 6.2 (in familiar references) old Bob here will show you where to go el bueno de Bob te dirá dónde tienes que ir good old John! ¡este John …! hello, old thing (British English/inglés británico) hola ¿qué tal? lucky old you! ¡qué suerte tienes! don't forget little old me! ¡no te olvides del pobrecito de mí! she's not a bad old soul no es mala gente [colloquial/familiar]


  • 1 (old people) (+ plural verb/+ verbo en plural) the old los ancianos, las personas mayores or de edad (less polite) los viejos a singer who is popular with young and old un cantante que gusta a chicos y grandes

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