elder statesman

noun
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of 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

  1. an elder statesman of baseball coaches

  2. the elder statesman of the White House correspondents is finally retiring after nearly a half century of service

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First Known Use of elder statesman

1904


ELDER STATESMAN Defined for English Language Learners

elder statesman

noun

Definition of elder statesman for English Language Learners

  • : 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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