elderly

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Etymology[edit]

elder +‎ -ly

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elderly

  1. old; having lived for relatively many years
  2. Of an object, being old-fashioned or frail due to aging
    • 1988, Anne Tyler, chapter 1, Breathing Lessons:
      The car was parked toward the rear of the shop, an elderly gray-blue Dodge. It looked better than it had in years.

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Noun[edit]

elderly ‎(plural elderlies)

  1. an elderly person
  2. (the elderly) older people as a whole

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