elder

noun (1)
el·​der | \ ˈel-dər How to pronounce elder (audio) \

Definition of elder

 (Entry 1 of 3)

elder

adjective

Definition of elder (Entry 2 of 3)

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

elder

noun (2)

Definition of elder (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : one living in an earlier period
2a : 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: such as
b : a permanent officer elected by a Presbyterian congregation and ordained to serve on the session and assist the pastor at communion
d : a leader of the Shakers
e : a Mormon ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood

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Noun (2)

eldership \ ˈel-​dər-​ˌship How to pronounce elder (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for elder

Synonyms: Noun (2)

Antonyms: Noun (2)

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First Known Use of elder

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for elder

Noun (1)

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

Adjective

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

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The first known use of elder was before the 12th century

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“Elder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elder. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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elder

noun
el·​der | \ ˈel-dər How to pronounce elder (audio) \

Kids Definition of elder

 (Entry 1 of 3)

elder

adjective

Kids Definition of elder (Entry 2 of 3)

: being older than another person

elder

noun

Kids Definition of elder (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a person who is older
2 : a person having authority because of age and experience elders of the village
3 : an official in some churches

elder

noun
el·​der | \ ˈel-dər How to pronounce elder (audio) \

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