the elder

noun

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

Learn More About the elder

Dictionary Entries Near the elder

theek

the elder

the elderly

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for the elder

Cite this Entry

“The elder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20elder. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!