date back

(redirected from dating back)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

date back

To have originated at an earlier time. This phrase is often followed by "to" and then the corresponding time frame or historical figure. I know she thinks that this vase is some great antique, but I doubt it dates back more than 30 years. This vase dates back to the Victorian period. This vase dates back to Queen Victoria.
See also: back, date

date back (to someone or some time)

to have origins that extend back to the time of someone or something. This part of the palace dates back to Catherine the Great. This is old! It really must date back.
See also: back, date
References in periodicals archive ?
The archaeological sites in Thi-Qar Province, comprising amazing ancient archaeological sites, date back to the ancient historic eras of Misopotamia (Ancient Iraq), some of them dating back to the Somerian era and others to the Acadian, Babylonian, Firthian, Akhmenian, Sasanian or Islamic eras, whilst it comprises the world's most ancient archaeological hill, called "Al-Obali Hill", dating back to 6,000 BC.
Referring to the copies of the Holy Quran, he said that they were extremely rare whether it was the fine and large Holy Quran from Persia dating back to the 16th century, exquisitely illustrated in a variety radiant colours (Au120,000), or a large leaf from the Holy Quran from Brunei in gold Kufic script on blue vellum from 17th century (Au300,000), or the miniature Holy Quran from India with a cover made of gold and precious gemstones.
The Egyptian Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, said that 217 objects have been returned, many of them dating back to the pre-historic era.
A beautiful gold ring dating back to the late 16th/early 17th century, inscribed with the italic words, "forget-me-not" was unearthed a few inches under soil by Simon Chiles of Newtown in farmland at Sarn.
Anglo Saxon sword pommel dating back to the 7th century Gold 'touch piece' found at Overton-on-Dee dating back to the reign of James II
AMMAN: Archaeologists in Jordan have unearthed what they claim is the world's first church, dating back almost 2,000 years, The Jordan Times reported yesterday.
Walford has all the drilling logs dating back to 1965 and acquired their core samples.
However, scientific research has concluded that the icon is of Byzantine origin dating back to the period between the 6th and 9th centuries.
Comprehensive data sets -- All SEC EDGAR filings, current and historic filings dating back to 1994 are available; this includes access to 400-plus electronically filed forms, international filers and notices of paper submissions.
Even though the Hutus and Tutsis shared the same language and culture, long-simmering tensions and resentments that dated back to Belgian rule (the Tutsis were given privileged treatment) had fueled violence dating back to the early 1960s.
More than 60 ancient articles dating back to the Neolithic period have been found during the four-week dig, being carried out by the Tees Archeology team.
He presented a gift of bread and salt to the deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Alan Dean, a traditional gift in Europe, dating back centuries.
Chancellor Edward Jackson said the cash-for-grades scheme involved undergraduate and graduate students dating back to 1995.
The first batch of beer was made last year and followed a recipe dating back to Egypt's Old Kingdom (2,650 BC to 2,180 BC).
Issues of TRIAL and the ATLA Advocate dating back to June 1995, and issues of the Law Reporter dating back to May 1993, are available to members in the "Publications" area of the association's Web site, www.