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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Synonyms & Antonyms for elder statesman


dean, doyen, elder, éminence grise, nestor, senior


baby, junior

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Examples of elder statesman in a Sentence

an elder statesman of baseball coaches the elder statesman of the White House correspondents is finally retiring after nearly a half century of service

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Stewart’s role, as an elder statesman of political accountability that often doesn’t feel political, is especially poignant at a time when entertainment and politics have converged in unexpected ways. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, "Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ changed how we consume news. His political influence still endures.," 19 June 2019 DeMarre Carroll, Nets forward A respected elder statesman, Carroll boasts an extensive playoff resume that includes trips to the Eastern Conference finals with Atlanta in 2015 and Toronto in 2016. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors offseason plan: Who will replace Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson?," 16 June 2019 New Dimensions Particle physics is the elder statesman of big data science. Quanta Magazine, "A Digital Copy of the Universe, Encrypted," 2 Oct. 2013 David Hockney At age 81, David Hockney has been getting the elder statesman treatment lately, with multiple museum shows and a reappraisal at auction. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Art Market, Hoping the Good Times Keep Rolling, Prepares for N.Y. Sales," 6 Nov. 2018 Utley hasn't retired yet either, and has gracefully accepted a diminished, elder statesman role. Jay Jaffe, SI.com, "Forecasting the 2019-2023 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees," 27 Jan. 2018 For an elder statesman in a leaderless party, one who long envisioned himself in the top job, the pull toward another presidential bid is strong. Thomas Beaumont, The Seattle Times, "Will Joe run? Biden feels the push to take on Trump in 2020," 4 Sep. 2018 While this year's headliners are younger than ever (Eminem is the elder statesman at 45), there's a marked return to booking veteran performers further down the bill, including Mavis Staples and Nile Rogers and CHIC. Dave Paulson, USA TODAY, "Bonnaroo 2018 lineup: Eminem, The Killers, Muse to headline Tennessee festival in June," 9 Jan. 2018 Sir Michael Kadoorie, the charismatic elder statesman, heir, visionary of today's Peninsula Hotels—and storied car collector himself—sketched out the Quail, now in its 16th year, as a tonic to the storied, more formal dowager, the Concours. Alex Hitz, Town & Country, "The Quail Is the Highlight of Monterey Car Week," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of elder statesman

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elder statesman was in 1904

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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