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 James, the 19-year-old eldest son of NBA superstar LeBron James, went into cardiac arrest in July 2023 and was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Danielle Jennings, Peoplemag, 13 May 2024 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 See all Example Sentences for eldest 

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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 24 Jul. 2024.

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

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