eldest

adjective
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 First up is the beautiful Daphne Bridgerton (played in the series by Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest Bridgerton daughter and diamond of the ton. Amanda Kohr, refinery29.com, "Where Were The Queer Relationships In Bridgerton?," 4 Feb. 2021 Yet there were no hints back then that the relationship was destined to take on a coach-parent dynamic — that Randolph, in his first year of retirement, would ask Bryant to make room for his eldest daughter, MacKenly, on Bryant’s Team Mamba. New York Times, "He Bonded With Kobe as a Competitor, Then as Another #GirlDad," 24 Jan. 2021 The fourth child and eldest daughter is front and center in season 1 of the hit show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Knowing These Details About the 'Bridgerton' Siblings Will Be So Important in Season 2 and Beyond," 17 Jan. 2021 It’s 1897, and her family wants their eldest daughter either to marry well or get a suitable job to help support them. Washington Post, "In ‘My Brilliant Career,’ I recognized an uncanny mirror image. And a cautionary tale.," 16 Jan. 2021 Dear Amy: My eldest daughter got married five years ago. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Cultural divide leads to family estrangement," 12 Jan. 2021 To portray the eldest Bridgerton daughter, Daphne, played by Phoebe Dynevor, as a true Incomparable, Pilcher looked to none other than the archetypal incomparable, Audrey Hepburn. Hannah Morrill, Marie Claire, "'Bridgerton's Hair Designer Talks Wigs, Wefts, and Whistledown," 12 Jan. 2021 Dear Amy: My eldest daughter got married five years ago. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Dad cuts family ties after daughter doesn’t consult him before getting married," 12 Jan. 2021 The eldest daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z was caught busting a move during dance class by her grandmother, Tina Lawson, who posted a short video of the young performer on Instagram. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Blue Ivy Carter’s Fire Dance Moves in This Video Prove She Takes After Beyoncé," 11 Jan. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'eldest.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of eldest

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about eldest

Time Traveler for eldest

Time Traveler

The first known use of eldest was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for eldest

Last Updated

17 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Eldest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eldest. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for eldest

eldest

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of eldest

: of the greatest age

eldest

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

Kids Definition of eldest

: being oldest of a group of people her eldest child

More from Merriam-Webster on eldest

Nglish: Translation of eldest for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of eldest for Arabic Speakers

Comments on eldest

What made you want to look up eldest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!