Definition of Old Left in English:

Old Left

Pronunciation /ˌəʊl(d) ˈlɛft/


  • 1(now US). The older liberal elements in social-democratic activism, especially as distinguished from the more radical New Left that arose during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

  • 2British The more socialist wing of the Labour Party, as distinct from the liberal and centrist wing which became dominant in the 1980s and 1990s.


1940s. From old + left. Compare old Right, and later New Left and New Right.