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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English eldern, eldrin, elderne, equivalent to elder +‎ -en.

Alternative forms[edit]


eldern (comparative more eldern, superlative most eldern)

  1. (of persons) Elder; elderly; aged; old.
  2. (of things) Not new; old; ancient.

Etymology 2[edit]

From an alteration (due to elder) of Middle English ellern (eldern), from Old English ellærn, ellarn (of elder-wood, eldern), equivalent to elder +‎ -en.


eldern (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Made of elder wood.
    • (Can we date this quote by Marston and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      He would discharge us as boys do eldern guns.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for eldern in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)