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eld·er1

elder1

 
 
pronunciation:
el dr
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: a comparative of old; older; born earlier.
The elder children had to take care of their younger brothers and sisters.
synonyms:
older
antonyms:
younger
definition 2: greater in rank or authority; senior.
He bowed to the opinion of the elder statesman.
synonyms:
senior
similar words:
ranking, superior
definition 3: earlier in time; former.
synonyms:
bygone, former, old, prior
similar words:
earlier, olden, previous
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an older person.
She was taught to respect her elders.
synonyms:
senior
similar words:
antediluvian, graybeard, octogenarian, old-timer, oldster, senior citizen
definition 2: an older person who has authority, as in a tribe or clan.
Important decisions were made by the village elders.
synonyms:
patriarch
similar words:
dean, matriarch, superior
definition 3: in certain Christian sects, a layman who is a governing officer of the church, or a priest of high order.
synonyms:
presbyter
similar words:
dean, patriarch, preacher
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