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[eld] /ɛld/
noun, Archaic.
Origin of eld
before 1000; Middle English elde, Old English eldo, ieldo, derivative of (e)ald old; see world Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for eld
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  • "It was wonderful well played, Mr. eld," the old man answered.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • "Theer's nothin' o' that sort about me, Mr. eld," he replied.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • "You are rather severe upon your audience, Mr. eld," he said.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • To-day, in my eld, it amuses me still that for long I never kissed her.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • "eld, eld," he said; and that was all the explanation I could obtain from him.

  • Of the ancient Scottish family of Monypenny, of Pitmilly; eld.

  • Praise God, today I received a most cheering letter from eld.

    Birth of a Reformation Andrew Byers
  • "Know that thou hast come into the hands of the Knights of eld," he said.

    Ripeness is All Jesse Roarke
  • I couldn't think of nothing to say but just 'Not at 'Ome,' and out of 'abit like I 'eld the tray.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • I—I might ha' known when they led me on so that they 'eld the inner line of communications.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for eld


noun (archaic)
old age
olden days; antiquity
Word Origin
Old English eldu; related to Old Norse elli; see old
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Word Origin and History for eld

poetic or archaic form of old; in some cases from Old English eald.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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