[ UK /ˈɛldɐ/ ]
[ US /ˈɛɫdɝ/ ]
  1. a person who is older than you are
  2. any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit
  3. any of various church officers
  1. used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son
    Bill Adams, Sr.
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How To Use elder In A Sentence

  • Three healthcare assistants have been charged after an investigation into the alleged abuse of elderly hospital patients. Times, Sunday Times
  • (12 May 2006) - Three years in the business might seem like a too-brief span for a retrospective, but since 2003, Washington D. C.-based quartet the Fort Knox Five founded their own record label (called Fort Knox Recordings), remixed the likes of Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong, And Tower of Power, and collaborated with hip hop's elder statesman Africa Bambaataa-not to mention all the bodies they've got moving on the ... Cool Hunting
  • As he rode along the lanes, his nostrils filled with the heady scent of elderflowers, and the air was alive with stag beetles whose chunky black bodies whirred defiantly through the dusk.
  • The caller urges the often elderly victims to transfer their money to a'safe' account set up in their name. Times, Sunday Times
  • She also finds homes for elderly brood dogs from farms in Florida.
  • And the defensive midfielder hopes to fly under the radar. The Sun
  • There is a comic sight to be seen in some elder trees at present. Times, Sunday Times
  • Mr Smith hopes that his campaign will attract the support of all organisations for the elderly or those on low incomes.
  • We salute the flag, honer our military and are for taking care of our elderly, military and avoiding socialism. Obama invites senators from both parties to discuss vacancy
  • A man who preyed on the elderly by burgling residential care homes in his own village faces a jail term.
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