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 Then Riley, our elder statesman, who along with his wife had decided in his 50s to adopt Ethiopian siblings. Dedan K. Bruner, New York Times, "‘What Kind of Father Will You Be?’," 18 Apr. 2020 Detroit Free Press Al Kaline, who in a long and unique Detroit Tigers lifetime grew from youthful batting champion to Hall of Famer to distinguished elder statesman, died Monday afternoon at his home in Bloomfield Hills. John Lowe, Detroit Free Press, "Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend, dies at age 85," 6 Apr. 2020 Prine wasn’t the only elder statesman to be honored. Washington Post, "Americana awards honor John Prine, Brandi Carlile, others," 11 Sep. 2019 Last season, five-star phenom Romeo Langford drew most of the attention and scrutiny, while seniors Juwan Morgan and Zach McRoberts served as the elder statesmen and vocal leaders. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Sophomore point guard Rob Phinisee the leader IU basketball needs when things get tough," 27 Jan. 2020 Instead, over what associates to both men described as a monthslong series of conversations, the governor offered a sympathetic ear to an indecisive elder statesman. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Our 2020 Election Guide," 10 Apr. 2020 There is also the fact that the ’96-97 Spurs were an older team, with a stable of elder statesmen that included 37-year-old Dominique Wilkins, 32-year-old Avery Johnson and the 30-year-old Del Negro. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Can the Warriors follow the ’96-97 Spurs’ blueprint? It’ll be tricky," 31 Jan. 2020 The quiet elder statesman of Detroit rock ‘n’ roll has died. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Jack Scott, Detroit's first rock 'n' roll star, dies at 83," 15 Dec. 2019 But if Mitt Romney isn’t going to be president, leaving public life as a revered party elder statesman might be an appealing second choice. BostonGlobe.com, "Once again, Mitt Romney seems to be souring on Donald Trump - The Boston Globe," 30 Sep. 2019

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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 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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