elder statesman


: an eminent senior member of a group or organization
especially : a retired statesman who unofficially advises current leaders

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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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elder statesman was in 1904

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“Elder statesman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elder%20statesman. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

elder statesman

: a respected older member of a group or organization
especially : a retired statesman who gives advice to current leaders
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