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elder

1elder

noun el·der \ˈel-dər\

Definition of ELDER

:  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

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

Rhymes with ELDER

2elder

adjective

: of greater age

Full Definition of ELDER

1
:  of earlier birth or greater age <his elder brother>
2
:  of or relating to earlier times :  former
3
archaic :  of or relating to a more advanced time of life
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

3elder

noun

Definition of ELDER

1
:  one living in an earlier period
2
a :  one who is older :  senior <a child trying to please her elders>
b :  an aged person
3
:  one having authority by virtue of age and experience <the village elders>
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 \-ˌship\ noun

First Known Use of ELDER

before 12th century

elder

noun el·der \ˈel-dər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ELDER

:  elderberry 2

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