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See also: Elder
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈeldə/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛldə/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛldɚ/
- Rhymes: -ɛldə(ɹ)
- comparative degree of : older, greater than another in age or seniority.
- The elder of the two was also an elder statesman
- The normal comparative of old is older. The irregular form elder is sometimes used with family members, but is otherwise rare (except in fixed expressions such as elder statesman). Elder is generally limited to attributive position (my elder brother) and does not occur in predicative position (*my brother is elder). This also implies that elder cannot be followed by than.
greater than another in age or seniority
elder (plural elders)
- An older person.
- A leader of a community, someone of great age or seniority.
- We were presented to the village elder.
- 2022 August 25, Seyi Akiwowo, How to Stay Safe Online: A digital self-care toolkit for developing resilience and allyship, Penguin UK, →ISBN:
- I probably wouldn't be here talking about this very topic if it weren't for the few but mighty elders in the tech and gender rights spaces. Folks like South Africa-based Jan Moolman from the Association for Progressive Communications […]
- (Should we delete(+) this sense?) One who is older than another.
- Respect your elders.
- One who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “ (please specify the fable number.) (please specify the name of the fable.)”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: […] R[ichard] Sare, […], →OCLC:
- Carry your Head […] as your Elders have done.
- An officer of a church, sometimes having teaching responsibilities.
- A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments.
- a travelling elder
- (Canada) An older Indigenous person respected as an authority figure, especially when in a counselling, consultative, or ceremonial role.
- At the friendship centre, you can arrange to meet with a social worker or an elder.
- (US, Mormonism) One ordained to the lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood.
- After being a member of the Church for a while, Bill was ordained to the office of elder.
- Jack had been an elder for only a few days when he received a new calling.
- (US, Mormonism) Male missionary.
- The elders are coming over for dinner tonight.
- (Mormonism, often capitalized) Title for a male missionary; title for a general authority.
- One of the long-time leaders in the Church is Elder Packer.
- (Germanic paganism) A pagan or Heathen priest or priestess.
- (older person): eld, mzee, senior; see also Thesaurus:old person
- (one who lived at an earlier period): antecessor, forerunner; see also Thesaurus:predecessor
older member, leader of a community
one who is older than another
one who lived at an earlier period — see also predecessor
officer of a church
Mormonism: one ordained to the lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood
Mormonism: male missionary
Germanic paganism: pagan priest or priestess
- (Quakerism) To admonish or reprove for improper conduct by the elders of the meeting.
- I was eldered for directly responding to someone else's message in meeting for worship.
elder (plural elders)
- A small tree, Sambucus nigra, having white flowers in a cluster, and edible purple berries.
- 1940, Rosetta E. Clarkson, Green Enchantments: The Magic Spell of Gardens, The Macmillan Company, page 273:
- Have a tree or two the witches particularly like, such as the alder, larch, cypress and hemlock; then, to counteract any possible evil effects, there must be a holly, yew, hazel, elder, mountain ash or juniper.
- Any of the other species of the genus Sambucus: small trees, shrubs or herbaceous perennials with red, purple, or white/yellow berries (some of which are poisonous).
- (Sambucus nigra): black elder
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked: "small tree"
- present of
- present of
Declension of elder (strong a-stem)
- Swedish: eld