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

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

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

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Keith McClary carefully helps his elderly father, Jack, into a motorcycle sidecar. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jack's Ride': 100-year-old vet takes joyride with motorcycle club," 29 June 2019 The researchers also estimate that elderly poverty could be cut by 50% if all retirees claimed Social Security at the optimal time. Washington Post, "Study: Retirees lose by taking Social Security at wrong time," 28 June 2019 Most cruelly, today’s disrupter of the status quo will become tomorrow’s elderly statesman. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "'Hamilton' review: Baltimore performance shows why history will have its eyes on Miranda's musical for years to come," 28 June 2019 Schools are dousing kids with water and nursing homes are equipping the elderly with hydration sensors as France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. Angela Charlton, chicagotribune.com, "Record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe," 28 June 2019 The researchers also estimate that elderly poverty could be cut by 50% if all retirees claimed Social Security at the optimal time. Sarah Skidmore Sell, Cincinnati.com, "Study: Retirees lose by taking Social Security at wrong time," 28 June 2019 If that world of crises and mourning was not enough for the elderly painter, German forces were stopped just short of Paris in September of that year, and the long horrible Great War began. Dallas News, "Return of the Lilies: Monet makes a triumphant encore at the Kimbell," 28 June 2019 Next to him, his elderly father wears a mismatched flannel robe and pajamas. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, "The Weird, Violent, Uplifting Paintings of Mark Greenwold," 26 June 2019 The agenda stated that children, the elderly and communities of color are especially vulnerable to the health effects of climate change. Maya Earls, Scientific American, "Major Medical Groups Release Call to Action on Climate Change," 25 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce elderly (audio) \

Kids Definition of elderly

: somewhat old

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