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


plural elderly or elderlies

Definition of elderly (Entry 2 of 2)

: an elderly person

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Other Words from elderly


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 In the Tampa area, tornadoes blew a tree onto a mobile home, trapping an elderly woman. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "11 tornadoes reported across South as deadly storm causes power outages, major flooding," 8 Feb. 2020 Tornados caused minor damage in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area, where a tree was blown onto a mobile home, trapping an elderly woman who was later hospitalized. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Winter storm churning through eastern US after battering the south," 7 Feb. 2020 One was an elderly woman on a fixed income who lent her car to her grandson. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Program targeting traffic-fine scofflaws is unfair and should be repealed, Anchorage ombudsman says," 7 Feb. 2020 Trump in his State of the Union address invoked the recent murder of an elderly woman by an undocumented immigrant who had twice been subject to detainer requests in New York. Washington Post, "Trump officials threaten to expand retaliation for ‘sanctuary’ policies to more states as N.Y. residents are kicked out of Global Entry," 6 Feb. 2020 Mobile police are looking for a serial robbery suspect who has robbed multiple elderly women. Levi Edwards | Ledwards@al.com, al, "Mobile police looking for serial robbery suspect," 4 Feb. 2020 On that date, Forgach, of Parma Heights, saved the life of an elderly woman by instructing the woman’s grandson, over the phone, how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. cleveland, "Dispatcher, a Parma Heights resident, lauded for efforts in saving life of Richmond Heights grandmother," 31 Jan. 2020 An off-duty sheriff's detective was killed in Los Angeles on Sunday while trying to help an elderly woman cross the street, authorities said. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Off-duty Los Angeles officer killed while helping elderly woman cross the street," 13 Jan. 2020 An off-duty Sheriff's Detective was struck and killed by a vehicle in Los Angeles after assisting an elderly woman cross the street Sunday. CBS News, "Off-duty Los Angeles detective fatally struck by car as she helped elderly woman," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of elderly


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elderly was in 1611

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13 Feb 2020

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“Elderly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elderly. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of elderly

: old or rather old : past middle age


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

Kids Definition of elderly

: somewhat old

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