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What does elder mean?
Elder describes something or someone older. For example, if you have two sons, one is the elder son (the older one, born first) and one is the junior son (the younger one, born second).
Elder also describes being of higher rank, or more senior.
An elder is an old person. Old might depend on who you ask. To a 5-year-old child, a 50-year-old person might seem old, while to an 80-year-old, that 50-year-old is young. However, elder always means someone older than you.
An elder is also an influential person in a community, often a ruler or part of a committee of rulers, and often older or more senior than most people in the community.
An elder is also a tree in the honeysuckle family. Elderflowers and elderberries come from an elder tree.
Example: Of the queen’s two daughters, the elder became queen, while the younger became a great warrior.
Where does elder come from?
The first records of the term elder meaning “older” come from before the year 900.
It ultimately comes from the Old English word eldra.
The first records of the term elder referring to a type of tree also come from before the year 900. It ultimately comes from the Old English word ellaern.
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How is elder used in real life?
Elder is a common word used to refer to someone older or more senior than the speaker. It’s also used to refer to trees or shrubs from the honeysuckle family.
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Rise up stick, & stand still, stone
For King of England thou shalt be none
Thou & they men hoar stones shall be
And I myself an eldern tree
The witch’s curse before she turned a king & his army into the Rollright Stones and herself into an elder tree
— Hilary R Sparkes (@HilaryRSparkes) November 5, 2020
“ autumnal recrudescence of the amatory urge” is why they are serenading each other. Or maybe they are summoning the elder gods, it’s hard to tell with owls.
— mediocrebirder (@tinajkl) September 20, 2022
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How to use elder in a sentence
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.Debbie Allen’s Grandmother Love Doubled|Joi-Marie McKenzie|September 11, 2020|Essence.com
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.Covid-19 will permanently change senior living|Quartz Staff|July 29, 2020|Quartz
“Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer,” the elder Brown had said last week in a public-service video.Darren Wilson Wasn’t Indicted—the System Was|Michael Daly|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our escort, Hajji Zalwar Khan, is the chief elder in charge of the valley council.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As another elder in the valley put it—perhaps more succinctly—“emotions are for women.”Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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