Elder - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈeldər|  American pronunciation of the word elder
Brit.  |ˈɛldə|  British pronunciation of the word elder


- a person who is older than you are (syn: senior)
- any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit
- any of various church officers


- used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son (syn: older, sr.)


Modern writers may produce compositions in the elder style.

His elder son Liam became a lawyer.

Sarah is the elder of the two.

a meeting of the village elders

My elder sister buried her husband about six months ago.

The house went to the elder son.

She made liberal use of her elder sister's make-up and clothes.

Janet's sister was eight years her elder.

Tom has outgrown his elder brother

Elder Edda

Julia Caesaris, Julia the Elder

Word forms

singular: elder
plural: elders
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