Definition of eld in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛld/


[mass noun] literary
1Old age.
Example sentences
  • Shakespeare's Claudio is told ‘Thou hast nor youth nor age’; conversely, this actor seems to have only youth and eld, with fribble in between.
  • From a dark courtyard came a sound of oaths and blows, followed by shrill screams, and, huddled upon a damp doorstep, he saw the crook-backed forms of poverty and eld.
  • Like Youth, the play appears to contain autobiographical elements, but here the subject is eld.
1.1Former times; the past.
Example sentences
  • It was no more the withered limb of eld than my own; it was a rounded supple member, with smooth fingers…
  • For Billy Rose, at present busily revamping the theatre, it was like eld times.


Old English ieldu, eldu, of Germanic origin; related to elder1 and old.

Words that rhyme with eld

beheld, geld, held, meld, self-propelled, upheld, weld, withheld

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