- 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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Examples from the Web for non-elderly
But the same could be said for millions of non-elderly people who are stretched thin.Why Not Make Social Security Benefits Even More Generous
March 8, 2013
- 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 non-elderly
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