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elder

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noun el·der \ˈel-dər\

Definition of elder

  1. :  elderberry 2



Origin of elder

Middle English eldre, from Old English ellærn; perhaps akin to Old English alor alder — more at alder


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

Rhymes with elder


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elder

adjective el·der

Simple Definition of elder

  • : of greater age

Full Definition of elder

  1. 1 :  of earlier birth or greater age <his elder brother>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to earlier times :  former

  3. 3 archaic :  of or relating to a more advanced time of life

  4. 4 :  prior or superior in rank, office, or validity

Origin of elder

Middle English, from Old English ieldra, comparative of eald old


First Known Use: before 12th century


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elder

noun el·der

Definition of elder

  1. 1 :  one living in an earlier period

  2. 2 a :  one who is older :  senior <a child trying to please her elders> b :  an aged person

  3. 3 :  one having authority by virtue of age and experience <the village elders>

  4. 4 :  any of various officers of religious groups: as a :  presbyter 1 b :  a permanent officer elected by a Presbyterian congregation and ordained to serve on the session and assist the pastor at communion c :  minister 2 d :  a leader of the Shakers e :  a Mormon ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood

el·der·ship play \-ˌship\ noun


Before 12th Century

First Known Use of elder

before 12th century



ELDER Defined for Kids

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elder

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noun el·der \ˈel-dər\

Definition of elder

  1. :  elderberry 1




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elder

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adjective el·der

Definition of elder

  1. :  being older than another person




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elder

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noun el·der

Definition of elder

  1. 1 :  a person who is older

  2. 2 :  a person having authority because of age and experience <elders of the village>

  3. 3 :  an official in some churches




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elder

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noun el·der \ˈel-dər\

Medical Definition of elder





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