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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

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

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

What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing.
Gustave Flaubert

The elder who is eliminating what time has done to the face, what life has done to the face, is making a statement for others to see: This is the way to be a good old person - it is to defeat this body that is doing things to you. Because you haven't changed. Your body's changing.
James Hillman
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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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