elder

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Adjective[change]

Positive
old

Comparative
older

Superlative
oldest

Positive
old

Comparative
elder

Superlative
eldest

  1. An elder person is one who is older, usually over 65 years of age, and often used to show respect.
    The white-haired Mandela looked like an elder statesman in his suit and tie.
  2. The elder of two people is the one who is older.
    I saw her at a meeting where I had gone with my elder brother.

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Noun[change]

Singular
elder

Plural
elders

Elderberries
  1. (countable) Your elder is somebody who is older than you.
    1. If somebody is x years your elder, they are older than you by x years.
  2. (countable) An elder is an older respected person, often a leader.
    My father is an elder in the local church.
    Aksakal was an elected village elder and an honorable and respectable man.
  3. (countable) An elder is a small tree usually with white flowers and black berries.

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