the elder

Definition of the elder

  1. 1 —used in comparing the ages of two people who are members of the same family He's the elder of her two brothers.

  2. 2 —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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  elderberry

  1. :  of earlier birth or greater age

    :  of or relating to earlier times :  former

    :  of or relating to a more advanced time of life

  1. :  one living in an earlier period

    :  one who is older :  senior

    :  an aged person

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to criticize severely

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