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elder

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noun el·der \ˈel-dər\

Definition of elder

  1. :  elderberry 2

Origin and Etymology of elder

Middle English eldre, from Old English ellærn; perhaps akin to Old English alor alder — more at alder

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elder

adjective el·der

Definition of elder

  1. 1 :  of earlier birth or greater age his elder brother

  2. 2 :  of or relating to earlier times :  former

  3. 3 archaic :  of or relating to a more advanced time of life

  4. 4 :  prior or superior in rank, office, or validity

Origin and Etymology of elder

Middle English, from Old English ieldra, comparative of eald old


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elder

noun el·der

Definition of elder

  1. 1 :  one living in an earlier period

  2. 2a :  one who is older :  senior a child trying to please her eldersb :  an aged person

  3. 3 :  one having authority by virtue of age and experience the village elders

  4. 4 :  any of various officers of religious groups: such asa :  presbyter 1b :  a permanent officer elected by a Presbyterian congregation and ordained to serve on the session and assist the pastor at communionc :  minister 2d :  a leader of the Shakerse :  a Mormon ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood

eldership

play \ˈel-dər-ˌship\ noun

First Known Use of elder

before 12th century



ELDER Defined for English Language Learners

elder

adjective

Definition of elder for English Language Learners

  • : of greater age


ELDER Defined for Kids

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elder

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noun el·der \ˈel-dər\

Definition of elder for Students

  1. :  elderberry 1


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elder

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adjective el·der

Definition of elder for Students

  1. :  being older than another person


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elder

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noun el·der

Definition of elder for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who is older

  2. 2 :  a person having authority because of age and experience elders of the village

  3. 3 :  an official in some churches


Medical Dictionary

elder

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noun el·der \ˈel-dər\

Medical Definition of elder



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