elderly

adjective
el·​der·​ly | \ ˈel-dər-lē How to pronounce elderly (audio) \

Definition of elderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : rather old especially : being past middle age
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of later life or elderly persons

elderly

noun
plural elderly or elderlies

Definition of elderly (Entry 2 of 2)

: an elderly person

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Other Words from elderly

Adjective

elderliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for elderly

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of elderly in a Sentence

Adjective The program is intended to provide medical care for elderly people. elderly people who stay active are usually the healthiest and the happiest
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The images of elderly Americans standing or sitting for hours in long lines, anxious for their shots while some were turned away, became emblematic of a patchwork approach that belied the promises of protection for the most vulnerable. New York Times, "C.D.C. Warns the New Virus Variant Could Fuel Huge Spikes in Covid-19 Cases," 15 Jan. 2021 The images of elderly Americans standing or sitting for hours in long lines, anxious for their shots while some were turned away, became emblematic of a patchwork approach that belied the promises of protection for the most vulnerable. Star Tribune, "New variant could fuel surges that burden care," 15 Jan. 2021 The 56-year-old Birmingham man who worked as a driver for ClasTran - a transportation system for elderly and/or disabled clients - stepped up to the plate without a thought, said Shari Spencer, ClasTran’s executive director. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "ClasTran driver for elderly and homeless COVID patients dead of coronavirus: ‘We lost a good one’," 14 Jan. 2021 Outbreaks have ravaged long-term care facilities in Europe and North America, adding to the sense of urgency in protecting the elderly first. Washington Post, "Why Indonesia is prioritizing the young, not the elderly, for coronavirus vaccines," 14 Jan. 2021 Donald Trump has given up his New York residency in favor of Florida, like so many elderly New Yorkers. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, "A Lox on Both Your Houses: Jerry Nadler Brought a Zabar’s Bag to the Impeachment," 13 Jan. 2021 Museveni still has a hold on rural and elderly voters while Kyagulanyi seems to pull the urban youth. Geoffrey Ssenoga, Quartz Africa, "Social media gave a voice to democracy in Uganda so the government shut it down—again," 12 Jan. 2021 This early track was inspired by Swift’s elderly neighbors. Nate Jones, Vulture, "All 179 Taylor Swift Songs, Ranked," 11 Jan. 2021 Outside Kyiv’s metro stations, elderly women in head scarves and bedraggled war veterans beg for change, while nearby the streets are lined with luxury shops and petty gangsters run red lights in black SUVs without fear of rebuke. Aris Roussinos, Harpers Magazine, "The Armies of the Right," 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of elderly

Adjective

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elderly was in 1611

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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Elderly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elderly. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for elderly

elderly

adjective
How to pronounce elderly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of elderly

: old or rather old : past middle age

elderly

adjective
el·​der·​ly | \ ˈel-dər-lē How to pronounce elderly (audio) \

Kids Definition of elderly

: somewhat old

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