eldest

adjective
el·dest | \ ˈel-dəst \

Definition of eldest 

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

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Caroline was pre-deceased by her parents, her brothers Joe and John, and her sister, Mildred,as well as husbands Ronald Ruis and Bernard Raboy, and her beloved eldest son, Ronald H. Ruis II. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/4," 4 July 2018 During the marriage's early years, the Sinatras lived in a modest apartment in Jersey City, where their two eldest children were born. John Rogers, chicagotribune.com, "Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101," 14 July 2018 During the marriage’s early years, the Sinatras lived in a modest apartment in Jersey City, where their two eldest children were born. John Rogers, BostonGlobe.com, "Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101," 14 July 2018 During the marriage's early years, the Sinatras lived in a modest apartment in Jersey City, where their two eldest children were born. NBC News, "Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101," 14 July 2018 During the marriage's early years, the Sinatras lived in a modest apartment in Jersey City, where their two eldest children were born. CBS News, "Nancy Sinatra Sr., Frank Sinatra's first wife, dead at 101," 14 July 2018 As the family of five walked in to the chapel on Monday afternoon, cameras captured Prince William — with one of his two eldest children at each hand — introducing his kids to a clergyman stationed outside the chapel’s door. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Were Absolutely Delightful at Prince Louis's Christening," 9 July 2018 Kay was pre deceased by her eldest child Marsha McCasland. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Kay Louise Pichette," 1 May 2018 Their eldest child, Max, had grown up with a more unforgiving and volatile father, and right after college Max had moved to Singapore. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "A Flawless Silence," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of eldest

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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eldest

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of eldest

: of the greatest age

eldest

adjective
el·dest | \ ˈel-dəst \

Kids Definition of eldest

: being oldest of a group of people her eldest child

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