el·​dest | \ ˈel-dəst \

Definition of eldest

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

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David and Victoria's fashion sensibilities seem to have been passed onto their eldest child, Brooklyn Beckham, 19, who kept his look cool for the evening. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria and David Beckham Look Uber Stylish For a Double Date with son Brooklyn Beckham in New York," 25 Jan. 2019 Their eldest brother, Arthur, died in 1987, well before Purdue began making and selling OxyContin. NBC News, "New strategy in suing opioid maker blamed for addiction crisis: Target the family who runs it," 16 June 2018 The father and eldest brother do the bulk of the cooking, while the younger brother oversees the front of the house, taking orders and chatting with the regulars. Lillian Li, Bon Appetit, "We Like Our Crispy Intestines Extra Crispy," 6 June 2018 The New York state attorney general announced that the Donald J. Trump Foundation is dissolving as her office pursues its lawsuit against the charity, Trump and his three eldest children. David A. Fahrenthold, The Seattle Times, "Trump to shut down charity after lawsuit said he used it for personal and political benefit," 18 Dec. 2018 Victoria and David Beckham hit the red carpet in style at the British Fashion Awards last night with their eldest child, Brooklyn. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Beckhams Were the Cutest Family at the British Fashion Awards," 11 Dec. 2018 This is also why Lear believes the false expressions of love from his eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, while banishing his youngest, Cordelia, who truly loves him but refuses to flatter him. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Shakespeare’s Uncomfortable Message for Baby Boomers," 26 Oct. 2018 One thing is for sure: Their eldest son will eventually inherit the title Duke of Sussex, but a daughter cannot per the rules of the British peerage right now. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018 Akihito will be succeeded by his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Fox News, "Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko visit Hawaii," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of eldest

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of eldest

: of the greatest age


el·​dest | \ ˈel-dəst \

Kids Definition of eldest

: being oldest of a group of people her eldest child

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