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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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 Before questions arose about whether its technology worked, Theranos was valued at $9 billion and featured on the covers of magazines and backed by a formidable board of elder statesmen and former military leaders. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Congress tackles Medicaid rule in effort to dent opioid crisis," 18 June 2018 America will miss her devoted son, her stalwart champion, her elder statesman. Fox News, "Trump orders flags flown at half-staff for John McCain," 28 Aug. 2018 The only surviving players from that game in 2009 are United's Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia, elder statesman at the club now whom share the armband duties. SI.com, "Burnley vs Manchester United Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News, Recent Form & More," 19 Jan. 2018 Hamid, a 27-year-old product of D.C. United’s academy, is an elder statesman on a roster whose average age is 22. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Bill Hamid could face old D.C. United teammate Bruno Miranda in U.S.-Bolivia game," 27 May 2018 Second baseman Chase Utley, 39, will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with the Phillies and an elder statesman role with the Dodgers. BostonGlobe.com, "Knee surgery scheduled for Lonzo Ball," 14 July 2018 With his gravelly voice and trademark mustache, Beck is every inch the law enforcement elder statesman who himself was the son of a high-ranking LAPD officer. Cindy Chang, latimes.com, "Retiring after more than 40 years, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has evolved with the department he leads," 24 June 2018 Fourth-year veteran Geoff Swaim is the elder statesman of the group now but has nine career catches. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Big changes brewing for Cowboys' offense after offseason shake-ups," 7 June 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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