the elder


used in comparing the ages of two people who are members of the same family
He's the elder of her two brothers.
used to refer to the older of two people (such as a father and son) who have the same name
Pliny the Elder and his nephew Pliny the Younger

Examples of the elder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Polling is yet to capture the political ramifications of the younger Biden’s latest legal complications for the elder. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 13 June 2024 And when the time came to sell, as the elder Peter Angelos was coming to the end of his journey, John Angelos and his family remained true to the city. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 6 Apr. 2024 Burtt the elder also worked as an editor on George Lucas’ Star Wars Prequel Trilogy and has directed several documentaries, including 1990s’ Blue Planet and Destiny in Space in 1994. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 June 2024 Thus, Marxism, Nazism, and nationalism, all ideas rooted in the modern West, influenced Arab intellectuals living in the Middle East and Europe and provided the blueprint for the regimes that culminated in the rule of the elder and younger Assads in Syria and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Robert D. Kaplan, Foreign Affairs, 8 Aug. 2023 Saif, the elder of my two sons, was born in December 2000. Omar Saif Ghobash, Foreign Affairs, 29 Nov. 2016 Howard Jerrold Zuker was born on May 27, 1940, in Boston, the elder of two children of Sydney Zuker, a lawyer, and Evelyn (Bloomberg) Zuker, and grew up in nearby Revere, Mass. Alex Williams, New York Times, 25 May 2024 Reese was airlifted to a local trauma center while the elder was taken for treatment by ambulance. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 Editors’ Picks Robert Gene Heil was born Oct. 5, 1940, in St. Louis, the elder of two children of Robert and LaVerna (Bills) Heil. Alex Williams, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2024

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“The elder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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