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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Christian Yelich, another elder statesman of the Brewers in terms of tenure with the team, was also initially taken by surprise. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2022 The actor’s Dark Knight, who hadn’t been seen since 1992’s Batman Returns, was being positioned as akin to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — an elder statesman who could pop up in multiple films and offer guidance. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2022 Soto, for his part, defeated Cleveland's Jose Ramirez and the events' elder statesman, St. Louis' Albert Pujols, on his way to face Rodriguez. Tommy Mcardle, PEOPLE.com, 19 July 2022 The conversation between Baldwin and Giovanni focuses on matters of race, with Baldwin, by then an elder statesman of the black literary community, taking the lead as the dialogue freely moves among aspects of the subject. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 10 June 2022 In his role as an elder statesman with the team, Cabrera hadn’t talked much with the media all season. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2022 David Chau, a 37-year-old Shanghai collector and founder of that city’s Art021 fair, is arguably an elder statesman of the millennial set. Kelly Crow, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Nordgren, 32, is now the elder statesman of the US biathlon team. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Feb. 2022 When the duo took their places in the East Room, the act starring the cooler, younger politician and the knowing, slightly mischievous elder statesman began. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of elder statesman

1904, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2022

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“Elder statesman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elder%20statesman. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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