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  1. ADJ

    (compar older)

    (superl oldest)

    1. (=not young) [person] viejo; (more respectful) mayor, anciano; [animal] viejo; [civilization] antiguo

      dirty 1., 4), fogey, fool, teach 1., 2)

    2. (relating to ages)


    3. (=not new)

      1. (=antique) [painting, book, building] antiguo; [wine] añejo

        chip 1., 1)

      2. [clothes, furniture] (=tatty) viejo; (=worn) usado, gastado

    4. (=long-standing) viejo

      score 1., 4)

    5. (=former) antiguo

    6. * (expressing affection)

    7. * (as intensifier)

  2. N

      • the old — los viejos mpl, los ancianos mpl
      • their music appeals to old and young alike — su música gusta tanto a jóvenes como a viejos
      • the circus appeals to old and young alike — el circo gusta igualmente a grandes y pequeños
    1. liter

  3. CPD




    Position of "viejo" and "antiguo"

    Viejo and antiguo can go either before or after the noun, depending on their meaning.


    ► Put viejo {after} the noun when you are referring to age:

    ... boxes full of old clothes ... ... cajas llenas de ropa vieja ...

    Old cars are the ones that pollute the environment most Son los coches viejos los que más contaminan el medio ambiente

    ► Put viejo {before} the noun when you mean old in the sense of "long-standing" or "well-established":

    They got in touch with an old friend Se pusieron en contacto con un viejo amigo

    Many of the old customs have changed with the passing of time Muchas de las viejas costumbres han cambiado con el paso del tiempo


    ► Generally put antiguo {after} the noun to translate ancient or old in the sense of "ancient":

    ... one of Canada's most beautiful old houses ... ... una de las más bellas casas antiguas de Canadá ...

    ... the old part of the town ... ... el barrio antiguo de la ciudad ...

    ► Put antiguo {before} the noun to translate former or old in the sense of "former":

    My old colleagues are no longer my friends Mis antiguos compañeros ya no son mis amigos

    ... the former British colonies ... ... las antiguas colonias británicas ...

    For further uses and examples, see main entry

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