adjective a superl. of old with elder as compar.
Origin of eldest
Definition for eldest (2 of 2)
adjective, old·er, old·est or eld·er, eld·est.
Origin of old
Examples from the Web for eldest
“I thought about throwing myself down a flight of stairs or have my eldest daughter pounce on top of me,” she said.Women Share Their Secret Abortion Stories For 1 in 3 Campaign|Brandy Zadrozny|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The film traces the legacy of the Abiola family, particularly Hafsat Abiola, the eldest daughter of Kudirat and MKO.
As the eldest sister she has played a huge role raising the other girls and her 12-year-old brother.Hanifa's Story: Her Five Sisters Taken by ISIS to Be Sold or Worse|Christine van den Toorn|August 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His father turned to the person he trusted most: his eldest son.
Her eldest son, an 18-year-old, is being held separately as an adult in a detention center.‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’: An Immigrant Mother’s Plea|Sarah Moga|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Owing to circumstances, the eldest lad had to be sent to school at an early age.The Power of Womanhood, or Mothers and Sons|Ellice Hopkins
He wore an enormous broad-brimmed hat and emerald-green earrings, and looked considerably younger than his eldest son, Francesco.New Italian sketches|John Addington Symonds
François-antoine Habeneck (the eldest of three brothers of this name) was born at Mezières, June 1st, 1781.The Violin|George Dubourg
The eldest son is named Herv, in memory of his mother's father, and he follows his father Christian's profession of printer.
The first, who was also the eldest, could not walk without the support of one of his fellow-prisoners.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V|J. H. Merle d'Aubigné
British Dictionary definitions for eldest (1 of 2)
Word Origin for eldest
British Dictionary definitions for eldest (2 of 2)
- of or relating to advanced years or a long lifeold age
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the old
- old and young people of all ages
- (postpositive) having lived or existed for a specified perioda child who is six years old
- (in combination)a six-year-old child
- (as noun in combination)a six-year-old
- (prenominal) established for a relatively long timean old member
- (in combination)old-established
Word Origin for old
Word Origin and History for eldest (1 of 2)
Word Origin and History for eldest (1 of 2)
Old English ald (Anglian), eald (West Saxon) "aged, antique, primeval; elder, experienced," from West Germanic *althas "grown up, adult" (cf. Old Frisian ald, Gothic alþeis, Dutch oud, German alt), originally a past participle stem of a verb meaning "grow, nourish" (cf. Gothic alan "to grow up," Old Norse ala "to nourish"), from PIE root *al- "to grow, nourish" (cf. Greek aldaino "make grow, strengthen," althein, althainein "to get well;" Latin alere "to feed, nourish, bring up, increase," altus "high," literally "grown tall," almus "nurturing, nourishing," alumnus "fosterling, step-child;" Old Irish alim "I nourish").
The usual PIE root is *sen- (see senior (adj.)). A few Indo-European languages distinguish words for "old" (vs. young) from words for "old" (vs. new), and some have separate words for aged persons as opposed to old things. Latin senex was used of aged living things, mostly persons, while vetus (literally "having many years") was used of inanimate things. Greek geraios was used mostly of humans; Greek palaios was used mostly of things, of persons only in a derogatory sense. Greek also had arkhaios, literally "belonging to the beginning," which parallels French ancien, used mostly with reference to things "of former times."
Old English also had fyrn "ancient," related to Old English feor "far, distant" (see far, and cf. Gothic fairneis, Old Norse forn "old, of old, of former times," Old High German firni "old, experienced"). The original Old English vowel is preserved in Scots auld, also in alderman. The original comparative and superlative (elder, eldest) are retained in particular uses.
First record of old-timer is from 1860. Expression old as the hills first recorded 1819. The good old days dates from 1828. Of old "of old times" is from late 14c. Old Glory for "the American flag" is first attested 1862. Old maid "woman who remains single well beyond the usual marrying age" is from 1520s; the card game is attested by that name from 1844. Old man "man who has lived long" is from c.1200; sense of "husband, father, boss" is from 1854, earlier (1830) it was military slang for "commanding officer;" old lady "wife, mother" is attested from c.1775. Old English is attested from 1701, originally as a type of font. Old boy originally was a former pupil of one of the English public schools. Old Testament attested from mid-14c.
Idioms and Phrases with eldest
In addition to the idioms beginning with old
- old as Adam
- old chestnut
- old college try, the
- old saw
- old shoe
- old stamping ground
- old story, an
- old wives' tale
- any old
- chip off the old block
- comfortable as an old shoe
- dirty joke (old man)
- get the air (old heave-ho)
- no fool like an old fool
- of old
- ripe old age
- same old story
- settle a score (old scores)
- stamping ground, old
- teach an old dog new tricks
- up to one's old tricks