eldest

[ el-dist ]
/ ˈɛl dɪst /

adjective a superl. of old with elder as compar.

oldest; first-born; of greatest age: eldest brother; eldest sister; eldest born.

Origin of eldest

before 900; Middle English; Old English eldesta, superlative of (e)ald old

Definition for eldest (2 of 2)

old
[ ohld ]
/ oʊld /

adjective, old·er, old·est or eld·er, eld·est.

noun

Origin of old

before 900; Middle English; Old English eald, ald; cognate with Dutch old, German alt, Gothic altheis; akin to Old Norse ala to nourish

SYNONYMS FOR old

1 Old, aged, elderly all mean well along in years. An old person has lived long, nearly to the end of the usual period of life. An aged person is very far advanced in years, and is usually afflicted with the infirmities of age. An elderly person is somewhat old, but usually has the mellowness, satisfactions, and joys of age ahead.
9 olden, early.

OTHER WORDS FROM old

old·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for eldest (1 of 2)

eldest
/ (ˈɛldɪst) /

adjective

being the oldest, esp the oldest surviving child of the same parents

Word Origin for eldest

Old English eldesta, superlative of eald old

British Dictionary definitions for eldest (2 of 2)

old
/ (əʊld) /

adjective

noun

an earlier or past time (esp in the phrase of old)in days of old

Derived forms of old

oldish, adjectiveoldness, noun

Word Origin for old

Old English eald; related to Old Saxon ald, Old High German, German alt, Latin altus high

usage for old

Many people nowadays prefer to talk about older people rather than old people, and the phrase the old is best avoided altogether
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Idioms and Phrases with eldest

old

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