the elder

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the elder

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 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

elder play
  1. : elderberry

  1. : of earlier birth or greater age

  2. : of or relating to earlier times : former

  3. : of or relating to a more advanced time of life

  1. : one living in an earlier period

  2. : one who is older : senior

  3. : an aged person


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