Definition of elderly in English:


Syllabification: eld·er·ly
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
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    • 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.



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  • 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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