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Definitions of elder

  1. a person who is older than you are Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A genus of shrubs (Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. One older in age, rank, or station; in certain Protestant churches, a governing officer, or minister; a shrub with a spongy pith and purple berries. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A small tree with a spongy pith, bearing useful purple berries. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. One who is older: an ancestor: one advanced to office on account of age: one of the office-bearers in the Presbyterian Church. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. An older person; an official in some churches; a bush with spongy pith. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Eldest. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Older; born earlier. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. A shrub with white flowers and purple - black or red berries. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. One who is older; an ancestor; one who, on account of his age and experience, is selected for office; one who held office in the early Christian Church; in the Presbyterian Church, a member of what, in connection with a congregation, is called the kirk-session, which is presided over by the minister, and superintends and administers the order and discipline of the Church; the player who leads. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. A genus of shrubs and small trees; a small tree with a spongy pith, bearing dark purple berries. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. One advanced in life; an office-bearer in a Presbyterian church. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son; "Bill Adams, Sr." Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. Older; more aged, or existing longer. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. One who is older; a superior in age; a senior. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. An aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Older; prior in time, origin, or appointment. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. Older: having lived a longer time: prior in origin. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. Having lived longer; senior; older. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Older; having lived a longer time; prior in origin; preceding in the date. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Senior; opposed to younger; older; comp. degree of old. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for elder

  1. " She need be no care to you, sir," said the elder boy; " Henry and I will look after her." – Captured by the Navajos by Charles A. Curtis
  2. The younger children look better than the elder – The New Germany by George Young
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