elderly

adjective
el·​der·​ly | \ˈel-dər-lē \

Definition of elderly 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : rather old especially : being past middle age

b : old-fashioned

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

aged, aging (or ageing), ancient, geriatric, long-lived, old, older, senescent, senior

Antonyms: Adjective

young, youthful

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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

There are photos of elderly Judy Garland with no makeup. refinery29.com, "The New Season Of You Must Remember This Explores Hollywood’s First Fake News Hoax," 9 July 2018 The Trump administration has made them a priority, encouraging states to put forward proposals that require many nondisabled, non-elderly adults to work or look for employment. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Federal judge blocks Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements," 29 June 2018 Shanifinne Ball is unemployed and cares for her elderly uncle in a trendy, fast-changing part of the US capital. The Christian Science Monitor, "Washington D.C. sued for putting 'creative class' above minority communities," 28 June 2018 Only in Ojai, one guesses, has an elderly audience member come up to him in tears, thanking him for the experience. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 More traditional barriers also prevent some elderly individuals from taking part in clinical trials. Ankur Parikh, STAT, "We need more answers about immunotherapy for the elderly," 22 June 2018 Some hoped to fetch a small fortune, others simply wanted to clear out an elderly parent’s house. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Toy-collecting couple in Towson in search of dolls, trains and treasures of the past," 23 June 2018 The rebooted series had explored drug use, financial problems and caring for an elderly parent. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Roseanne gone; Goodman, Metcalf offer hope," 22 June 2018 Imagine using it to non-intrusively keep tabs on the sleeping, eating, and moving schedules of an elderly parent, as well as signs of distress. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Forget X-Ray Vision. You Can See Through Walls With Radio," 12 June 2018

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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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elderly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elderly

: old or rather old : past middle age

elderly

adjective
el·​der·​ly | \ˈel-dər-lē \

Kids Definition of elderly

: somewhat old

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