elder statesman


Definition of elder statesman

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

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an elder statesman of baseball coaches the elder statesman of the White House correspondents is finally retiring after nearly a half century of service
Recent Examples on the Web In one of the most promising, Mr. Peres, by then an elder statesman, was nearing an agreement with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, in 2011, when Mr. Netanyahu pulled the plug. New York Times, 13 June 2021 The 71-year-old is the elder statesman of Wisconsin golfers, winning two U.S. Opens and playing professionally for six decades. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2021 The elder statesman of the Indians bullpen, Bryan Shaw, says Clase’s slider has more velocity than a lot of guys’ fastballs. cleveland, 14 Apr. 2021 Months after signing a four-year deal worth $22 million, Bowser arrived in Owings Mills for organized team activities as the elder statesman of an inexperienced group. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, 3 June 2021 Uzomah is the elder statesman in a Bengals tight end room that includes Drew Sample, Thaddeus Moss, Cheyenne O'Grady, Mitchell Wilcox, Mason Schreck and Pro Wells. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, 2 June 2021 North is the elder statesman at 71 and officially listed as ambassador for the American Family Insurance Championship. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2021 The case for Oscar: Beloved elder statesman Steven Spielberg remakes the 1961 Best Picture winner. Nate Jones, Vulture, 7 May 2021 His leftist background notwithstanding, Horowitz has achieved the status of a MAGA elder statesman, proudly advancing the causes of some of the movement’s brightest stars, including figures such as Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, and Jeff Sessions. Ronald Radosh, The New Republic, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of elder statesman

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Elder statesman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elder%20statesman. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of elder statesman

: 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

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