of advanced age; old: discounts for elderly patrons.
of or relating to persons in later life.
Usually the elderly . elderly people collectively; senior citizens.
- eld·er·li·ness, noun
- non·eld·er·ly, noun
- un·eld·er·ly, adjective
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How to use elderly in a sentence
A range of inoculations may be needed to protect different groups like the elderly, he said.These countries aren’t waiting for a U.S., China, or U.K. COVID vaccine | Claire Zillman, reporter | August 26, 2020 | Fortune
They are needed for nursing facilities for the elderly, and to take care of that growing elderly population.How Rising Education for Women Is Shaping the Global Population - Facts So Romantic | Kiki Sanford | August 19, 2020 | Nautilus
This includes looking after children and the elderly at home.The Global Work Crisis: Automation, the Case Against Jobs, and What to Do About It | Peter Xing | August 6, 2020 | Singularity Hub
We found that blood components from exercised mice, both adult and aged, can transfer memory and brain regeneration benefits to elderly “couch potato” mice.Couch Potato No More: How the Benefits of Exercise Transfer to the Brain | Shelly Fan | July 14, 2020 | Singularity Hub
For instance, elderly people may need a vaccine that prods the immune system harder to make antibodies, and children may need different vaccines than adults do.A COVID-19 vaccine may come soon. Will the blistering pace backfire? | Tina Hesman Saey | July 10, 2020 | Science News
“Officers had to go stop an elderly lady from being assaulted,” Sgt. Houston said.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic | Brandy Zadrozny | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
There were little blond girls in knit hats next to elderly African American women hobbling on canes.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence | Ben Jacobs | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
elderly women played Triple Double Diamond and Tiki Magic while they chain-smoked.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal | Olivia Nuzzi | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hundreds were beaten, scores injured, including elderly passers- by and foreign journalists.
Some were elderly with underlying conditions like hypertension and diabetes.
elderly matrons—and in Turkey every lady is an elderly matron in her fortieth year—are passionately devoted to this enjoyment.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The admiration of numerous elderly ladies of single condition.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
As they went up the walkway, the large front doors parted, and a handsome elderly woman came forth.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
"I'm afraid not," replied the maid, a plain, elderly woman of the old-fashioned useful servant type.Dope | Sax Rohmer
On one side of her sat the elder Mrs. Colton, in black silk with a point-lace collar; a sweet-faced frankly elderly woman.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for elderly
quite old; past middle age
(as collective noun; preceded by the): the elderly Related adjective: geriatric
- elderliness, noun
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