elder statesman

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elder statesman (plural elder statesmen)

  1. A term of respect for a prominent elderly political leader.
    • 1958, T. S. Eliot, The Elder Statesman[1]:
      Mrs. Carghill. At bottom, I believe you're still the same silly Richard / You always were. You wanted to pose / As a man of the world. And now you're posing / As what? I presume, as an elder statesman; / And the difference between being an elder statesman / And posing successfully as an elder statesman / Is practically neglible. / And you look the part.