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Elder meaning

elder - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. Older; more aged, or existing longer.
  2. 2. One who is older; a superior in age; a senior.
  3. 3. A person who, on account of his age, occupies the office of ruler or judge; hence, a person occupying any office appropriate to such as have the experience and dignity which age confers; as, the elders of Israel; the elders of the synagogue; the elders in the apostolic church.
  4. 4. A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder.
  5. 5. A genus of shrubs ( Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.
  6. 6. Born before another; prior in years; senior; earlier; older; as, his elder brother died in infancy; - opposed to younger, and now commonly applied to a son, daughter, child, brother, etc.
  7. 7. An older person; an official in some churches; a bush with spongy pith.
  8. 8. Eldest.
  9. 9. Older; born earlier.

elder - examples of usage

  1. As usual, Madge came to her elder sister. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
  2. " If you are sure we shall not be in the way," said the elder lady, who had, perhaps, a little more curiosity than her daughter. - "Prince Fortunatus", William Black.
  3. That afternoon, the elder priest said: " He will live." - "Son of Power", Will Levington Comfort and Zamin Ki Dost.
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