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Definition of Elder


  1. Older; more aged, or existing longer.
  2. 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.
  3. One who is older; a superior in age; a senior.
  4. An aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
  5. 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.
  6. A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder.
  7. A genus of shrubs (Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.

Elder Quotations

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
Joseph Addison

I was born in a middle class Muslim family, in a small town called Myonenningh in a northern part of Bangladesh in 1962. My father is a qualified physician; my mother is a housewife. I have two elder brothers and one younger sister. All of them received a liberal education in schools and colleges.
Taslima Nasrin

Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters. The elder was so much like her, both in looks and character, that whoever saw the daughter saw the mother.
Charles Perrault

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.
Francis Bacon

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
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Elder Translations

elder in Dutch is ouder
elder in Norwegian is eldst, eldre
elder in Portuguese is pessoa idosa
elder in Spanish is mayor
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