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    Question a woman of ambiguous middle age

    Hello, everyone.

    I met a sentence like this in a book:

    "She was a matronly widow of ambiguous middle age."

    In this sentence, what does the word "ambiguous" mean?
    Is this like "she looks in her middle age, though it is not clear how old she is" ?
    Do you think the word has any positive/negative connotation (such as "she looks younger than her real age")?


    Thank you very much for your time and effort.
    I hope someone could do me a favor.

    Sincerely,
    Aftertherain0

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    Re: a woman of ambiguous middle age

    Yes, it means that an exact age can not be guessed from appearances.

    There is no particular connotation. Obviously, if she is 35 and looks 40 it is quite different than if she is 50 and looks 40.

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    Re: a woman of ambiguous middle age

    Thank you very much!!

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    Re: a woman of ambiguous middle age

    Your thanks are welcome, aftertherain0, but please note that there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. That saves us opening the thread thinking that there is a follow-up question or further information, only to find it's just a "Thank you".
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