el·​dest | \ ˈel-dəst How to pronounce eldest (audio) \

Definition of eldest

: of the greatest age or seniority : oldest my eldest daughter

Examples of eldest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aimée Osbourne, who makes dusky electropop music under the name ARO and is Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s eldest daughter, escaped a deadly fire that claimed one life at a Hollywood recording studio Thursday night. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 20 May 2022 Some relatives of the victims, including the eldest daughter of 86-year-old victim Ruth Whitfield, held a press conference after the court session. CBS News, 20 May 2022 The actress has embodied Lady Mary, the eldest daughter of the Earl of Grantham, for six seasons of TV and now two movies. Tom Jamieson, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 Nobody knows this better than her eldest daughter, Melissa Mills. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 Naomi Judd was well known for performing alongside her eldest daughter, Wyonna, as part of the Judds, the country duo that had 14 songs that topped the charts over a nearly three-decade career. Allison Prang, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Mother’s Day brought Denise Richards together with her eldest daughter, Sami Sheen, after a falling out left their relationship strained. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 10 May 2022 The 66-year-old's eldest daughter got engaged to Barker in October 2021 on the beach in Montecito, California. Lanae Brody, PEOPLE.com, 9 May 2022 The companies used to purchase the four villas in the south of France were transferred to Kerimov’s eldest daughter from May to November of last year, according to French company register records. Yasmine Salam, NBC News, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of eldest

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Eldest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eldest. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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el·​dest | \ ˈel-dəst How to pronounce eldest (audio) \

Kids Definition of eldest

: being oldest of a group of people her eldest child

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