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elder

noun el·der \ ˈel-dər \

Definition of elder

Origin and Etymology of elder

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

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elder

adjective

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 and Etymology of elder

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


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elder

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: such 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

eldership

play \ˈel-dər-ˌship\ noun

First Known Use of elder

before 12th century



ELDER Defined for English Language Learners

elder

adjective

Definition of elder for English Language Learners

  • : of greater age


ELDER Defined for Kids

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elder

noun el·der \ ˈel-dər \

Definition of elder for Students


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elder

adjective

Definition of elder for Students

: being older than another person

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elder

noun

Definition of elder for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

elder

noun el·der \ ˈel-dər \

medical Definition of elder



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