el·​dest ˈel-dəst How to pronounce eldest (audio)
: of the greatest age or seniority : oldest
my eldest daughter

Examples of eldest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She was shot multiple times by Carney, a veterinarian who was once welcomed into the Carlson family as their eldest daughter’s seemingly charming, intelligent boyfriend. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 31 Jan. 2023 Last season, the eldest Bridgerton daughter took on a supporting role with much less screen time, as the plot focused on Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate’s (Simone Ashley) relationship. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Jan. 2023 It’s about a family of blue heelers and the adventures of their eldest daughter, 6-year-old Bluey. WIRED, 23 Jan. 2023 The 33-year-old Keough, who is Presley's eldest daughter, had her statement read by her husband, Ben Smith-Peterson, at the ceremony in Graceland, the home where Presley lived as a child with her father, Elvis Presley. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 23 Jan. 2023 Prince Joachim shares his two eldest sons with his first wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 3 Jan. 2023 Trump and his eldest sons, who run the company, were not directly implicated. Harold Maass, The Week, 7 Dec. 2022 Last month, Marks, who practices employment law, decided to tell her eldest sons about the massacre at Robb Elementary School, 1,100 miles away in Uvalde, Texas. Robert Klemko, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 At birth, Victoria was fifth in the line of succession for the British crown, behind the four eldest sons of George III, including her three uncles and her father, Edward. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, 19 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Eldest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eldest. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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el·​dest ˈel-dəst How to pronounce eldest (audio)
: of the greatest age : oldest

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