Meaning of “middle-aged” in the English Dictionary

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"middle-aged" in British English

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uk /ˌmɪd.əlˈeɪdʒd/ us /ˌmɪd.əlˈeɪdʒd/

B1 in middle age:

They're a middle-aged couple, with grown-up children.

disapproving too careful and not showing the enthusiasm, energy, or style of someone young:

What a conventional, middle-aged attitude he has to life!

More examples

  • The company is run almost entirely by middle-aged men.
  • Most company directors are middle-aged men, but this 28-year-old woman is an exception that proves the rule.
  • He looked a bit offended when you called him middle-aged.
  • The dance floor was full of middle-aged couples smooching to slushy ballads.

(Definition of “middle-aged” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)