Definition of elderly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈeldərlē/


1(Of a person) old or aging: she was elderly and silver-haired (as plural noun the elderly) teams of volunteers to carry out home repairs for the elderly
More example sentences
  • It would exclude blood relatives such as an elderly brother and sister living together.
  • If you have an elderly neighbour or relative, look out for them in the winter months.
  • It was being driven by an elderly lady with grey hair and had a female passenger with long, dark hair.
aged, old, advanced in years, aging, long in the tooth, past one's prime;
gray-haired, grizzled, hoary;
in one's dotage, decrepit, doddering, doddery, senescent
informal getting on, past it, over the hill, no spring chicken
old people, the aged, senior citizens;
geriatrics, seniors;
retired people, retirees, golden agers
informal oldsters, geezers
1.1(Of a machine or similar object) showing signs of age: a couple of elderly cars
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  • Behind the row of houses there is an elderly accommodation, a car park and an unused piece of land.
  • It ran perfectly and I had pictured some happy teenage boy with my elderly car having fun and the charity getting close to $700 for it.
  • Rain, when driving talent is at a premium, has been a great leveller for the young driver in his elderly car.



Pronunciation: /-lēnis/
Example sentences
  • Because Virginia's fair housing law includes elderliness as a protected class it is broader than the federal fair housing law.
  • The age of elderliness seems to be relative rather than absolute.

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Syllabification: eld·er·ly

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