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, elder, 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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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 The elder statesman is also the team leader with 14 doubles and has found himself in the everyday lineup, too, playing in 60 of the Ducks’ 62 games this season. Christopher Hanna, courant.com, "Lew Ford Returns To New Britain A Different Man Than He Was Years Ago," 6 July 2018 Thales Leites is an elder statesman in the sport, having fought all over the world and competed against elite competition including a title shot against a prime Anderson Silva. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson live round-by-round coverage," 12 May 2018 At 21, Robinson could be considered an elder statesman next to many of the other potential top-20 picks. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The internet's mock-draft collection thinks the Bucks will be on guard for Thursday's NBA draft," 20 June 2018 Last year, at 5Point Film Festival, Fitz Cahall, the elder statesman of outdoor podcasts for the past 11 years as host of the Dirtbag Diaries, approached writer Paddy O’Connell about potentially hosting a second podcast. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "The Good-Cop, Bad-Cop Podcast of the Outdoors," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of elder statesman

1904, in the meaning defined above

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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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