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elder statesman

an influential citizen, often a retired high official, whose advice is sought by government leaders.
any influential member of a company, group, etc., whose advice is respected.
Japanese History. any of the political leaders who retired from official office but continued to exert a strong influence in the government and who controlled the emperor's privy council, especially in the period 1898–1914.
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First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
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  • "You know what I think," said the elder statesman thoughtfully.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for elder statesman

elder statesman

an old, experienced, and eminent person, esp a politician, whose advice is often sought
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