elder

noun (1)
el·der | \ˈel-dər \

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

a : presbyter sense 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 sense 2

d : a leader of the Shakers

e : a Mormon ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood

Other Words from elder

Noun (2)

eldership \ˈel-dər-ˌship \ noun

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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Phrases Related to elder

one's elders and betters

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elder

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elder

: of greater age

elder

noun
el·der | \ˈel-dər \

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 \

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