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elder statesman

noun

: a retired government leader who gives advice to current leaders

: a respected man who has been a member of a group or organization for a long time

Full Definition of ELDER STATESMAN

:  an eminent senior member of a group or organization; especially :  a retired statesman who unofficially advises current leaders

Examples of ELDER STATESMAN

  1. an elder statesman of baseball coaches
  2. <the elder statesman of the White House correspondents is finally retiring after nearly a half century of service>

First Known Use of ELDER STATESMAN

1904

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