- of advanced age; old: discounts for elderly patrons.
- of or relating to persons in later life.
- (used with a plural verb) elderly people collectively; senior citizens (usually preceded by the): Doctors recommend that young children and the elderly get vaccinated.
Origin of elderly
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1. See old.
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"Everything in the world that you want," begged the elderly gentleman.
He smiled' at Miss Gregg, who was elderly and gray, but visibly his creature.
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There was an elderly lady who insisted on telling John all about the gastric juices!The Foolish Lovers
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A body of elderly gentlemen charged with high duties and misdemeanors.The Devil's Dictionary
- quite old; past middle age
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the elderly Related adjective: geriatric
Referring to any group using the formula the elderly, the disabled is nowadays felt to be inappropriate because it glosses over people's individuality and perpetuates stereotypes. It is preferable to use phrases such as disabled people and so forth. Many people also prefer to talk about older rather than elderly people for similar reasons
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Word Origin and History for elderly
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