adjective, a comparative of old, with eldest as superlative.
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Origin of elder1
synonym study for elder
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Definition for elder (2 of 2)
Origin of elder2
Example sentences from the Web for elder
In this country, everything is disposable and expendable, and our elders are one of the greatest resources we have in this country and in the world.
Mallott took the stage, talking about his youth in Southeast Alaska and the importance of elders and youths working together to improve safety, security and respect.The Woman Propositioned by Alaska’s Former Lieutenant Governor Tells Her Story for the First Time|by Kyle Hopkins and Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News|September 10, 2020|ProPublica
An elder sister whose eyes were always forlorn had revealed that her husband used to whip her and that she had even thought of ending her life.The Teenager Breaking Up Child Marriages, Door to Door|Pallabi Munsi|September 2, 2020|Ozy
After the game, the elder Thompson intercepted a reporter’s question about the shirts directed at his son.John Thompson’s Unapologetic Blackness Changed College Basketball|Santul Nerkar|September 1, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Nursing homes and other elder care facilities have needed to change since well before coronavirus.
“Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer,” the elder Brown had said last week in a public-service video.
Our escort, Hajji Zalwar Khan, is the chief elder in charge of the valley council.
As another elder in the valley put it—perhaps more succinctly—“emotions are for women.”
He speaks of her much as he might of his elder son, the SEAL.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch|Michael Daly|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, was in rare agreement with the elder Paul.Republican Hawks Already Have a War Plan for ISIS, Ukraine, and Obama|Eli Lake|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here the speaker, putting her hand before her mouth, coughed again, and looked affectionately at the elder Mr. Weller.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
“My sister is passionately fond of children,” said the elder lady, in smiling apology.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
"All right, Pater," you would say, and leave the matter in the hands of the elder generation.
You see, your two elder brothers went to the University, but then we could find them family livings.
Moreover, it circulated over all the state where the Elder was well known, and gave the gossips great food for delight.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for elder (1 of 3)
- prior in rank, position, or office
- of a previous time; former