Definition of elder noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    elder

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈeldə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeldər//
     
    Old age
     
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  1. 1elders [plural] people of greater age, experience and authority Children have no respect for their elders nowadays. the village elders (= the old and respected people of the village) Traditions were passed on by the elders of the tribe. See related entries: Old age
  2. 2my, etc. elder [singular] (formal) a person older than me, etc. He is her elder by several years.
  3. 3 [countable] an official in some Christian churches
  4. 4 [countable] a small tree with white flowers with a sweet smell (elderflowers) and bunches of small black berries (elderberries)
  5. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 3 Old English ieldra, eldra, of Germanic origin; related to German älter, also to old. noun sense 4 Old English ellærn; related to Middle Low German ellern, elderne.Idioms
    your elders and betters
     
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    people who are older and wiser than you and whom you should respect
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