of a certain age

of a certain age

Not yet old but no longer young. Men of a certain age really shouldn't wear such tight T-shirts. People of a certain age are far likelier to adopt a more conservative outlook on life.
See also: age, certain, of

of a certain age

used euphemistically to avoid specifying the age of someone (typically a woman) of middle age or beyond.
The phrase, first recorded in 1754 , may have been inspired by French d'un certain âge .
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See also: age, certain, of

of a certain ˈage

if you talk about a person being of a certain age, you mean that they are no longer young but not yet old: The show is designed to appeal to an audience of a certain age.
See also: age, certain, of
References in classic literature ?
Since we forbid his speaking everything which is forbidden, it is necessary that he neither sees obscene stories nor pictures; the magistrates therefore are to take care that there are no statues or pictures of anything of this nature, except only to those gods to whom the law permits them, and to which the law allows persons of a certain age to pay their devotions, for themselves, their wives, and children.