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 The daytime talk show host, 49, shared a sweet photo of Mark Consuelos and their eldest son, Michael, taken from their joint appearance on Live with Kelly & Ryan on Wednesday, calling the two men her crushes in a post on her Instagram Stories. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Ripa Calls Husband Mark Consuelos and Son Michael Her Man Crushes," 12 Dec. 2019 In addition to her beloved husband and both of her parents, Eleanor was predeceased by her eldest son, John Jack Morrissette Jr, of East Hampton; all of her siblings and their spouses; and her granddaughter, Shawn Marie Brooks, of Williston, FL. courant.com, "Eleanor J. Morrissette," 8 Dec. 2019 She is survived by her eldest son, Joseph L. Riley III PhD, second son James L. Riley MD, JD and her daughter Margaret Jan Walker. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 12/6," 6 Dec. 2019 In the video, shared widely on social media, President Trump and Melania walk forward to approach the queen, who is standing next to her eldest son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla. Washington Post, "Did the Queen ‘scold’ Princess Anne for not greeting Trump? Many sure think so.," 4 Dec. 2019 Dale was predeceased by his eldest son D. Keith Busque. courant.com, "Dale A. Busque," 10 Nov. 2019 News of Charles's tour comes just a little over a week week after his eldest son Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, returned from their recent trip to Pakistan. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Will Travel to India in November," 28 Oct. 2019 The network and its parent company, Fox Corporation, which is controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his eldest son Lachlan Murdoch, employ former Trump aides like Hope Hicks, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Raj Shah. New York Times, "Fox News Is Trump’s Chief TV Booster. So Why Is He Griping About It?," 13 Oct. 2019 Accompanied by his eldest son, a Depression-era mob enforcer seeks revenge after the rest of his family are murdered by his employer’s jealous son. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of eldest

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Eldest.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eldest. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of eldest

: of the greatest age


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Kids Definition of eldest

: being oldest of a group of people her eldest child

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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