Born before another; prior in years; senior; earlier; older; as, his elder brother died in infancy; -- opposed to younger, and now commonly applied to a son, daughter, child, brother, etc.
One who is older; a superior in age; a senior.
An aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
A person who, on account of his age, occupies the office of ruler or judge; hence, a person occupying any office appropriate to such as have the experience and dignity which age confers; as, the elders of Israel; the elders of the synagogue; the elders in the apostolic church.
A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder.
A genus of shrubs (Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.
Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom. Alice Walker