- 1(Of one or more out of a group of associated people) of a greater age: my elder daughter the elder of the two sonsMore example sentences
- He was the one who wanted to sleep with his elder brother's wife.
- His elder brother Ian joined the army and became a lieutenant-colonel in the SAS.
- She is to be looked after as a mother and respected as an elder sister.
- 1.1 (the Elder) Used to distinguish between related famous people with the same name: Pitt the ElderMore example sentences
- As one of his final actions before leaving the White House in 1992, the elder George Bush, the father of the current president, pardoned Abrams.
- Dowd was a White House reporter under the elder Bush.
- One picture shows Wilson and the elder Bush walking through the White House grounds deep in conversation, 30 hours before the launch of the first Gulf war.
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- 1 (one's elders) People who are older than one: schoolchildren were no less fascinated than their eldersMore example sentences
- Maybe my moral outlook is the result of general respect for elders and betters.
- It is important to keep a sense of proportion about these things and, it seems to me, there are times when our elders and betters lose the run of themselves.
- Thank goodness that they have little or no respect for their supposed elders and betters
- 1.1 (one's elder) A person who is older than one by a specified length of time: she was two years his elderMore example sentences
- He married at age 25 a woman 15 years his elder, and stayed with her for 29 years until she died.
- He had a brother who was a Canon of Southwark Cathedral, and leaves a sister, a few years his elder, who still lives in the family house in Surrey.
- 2 (often elders) A leader or senior figure in a tribe or other group: a council of village eldersMore example sentences
- One of the tribe's elders remembered the Yawalapiti village used to be in a forest clearing near the Tuatuari River.
- Closest to the fire sat the village elders and leaders, then sat the able-bodied men, and the outside of the huddle consisted of the women and children.
- In Kabul, they were handed over to village chiefs and tribal elders who pledged to support the new administration.
- 2.1An official in the early Christian Church, or of various Protestant Churches and sects: he left the Church of which he had been an elderMore example sentences
- The church made its first momentous step toward diversity when the elders of the church in Jerusalem opened the Christian movement to gentiles.
- The elders of Walton Evangelical Church led the induction service.
- For example, Paul reminded the elders of the church of Ephesus of one saying of Jesus.
- 2.2 • historical A member of a senate or governing body.More example sentences
- The twenty-eight elders, who were members for life, seem drawn in practice, if not by law, from a narrow range of families in the upper echelons of Spartan society.
- According to Mir Walijan, an aide to the Khost governor, Sabri elders had radioed the governor during the bombing for help.
- How should the members of this informal elders council be chosen?
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- The eldership is a very strong element of our tradition and we expressed a lot of concern about the reduction in their role under the proposed new structure.
- She congratulated him on his 40 years in the world of art and on his recent award of a staff of eldership and chief's title in the Orisha community.
- The Moderator has said her appointment should be a significant boost to the eldership in Scotland and to the role of women in the church.
- 1A small tree or shrub with pithy stems, white flowers, and bluish-black or red berries.
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- Genus Sambucus, family Caprifoliaceae: numerous species, in particular the common Eurasian S. nigra
- A factory farm stood silent and abandoned, hedges of elders dripped berries and were decorated with white trumpets of bindweed.
- In Prussia the coal of the alder, lime tree, poplar, elder, willow, hemp, and hazel is used for powder.
- It connected us with a fruity hedge with brambles, rosehips, sloes, and a hundred yards of elders weighed down with berries.
- 1.1Used in names of plants that resemble the elder in leaf or flower, e.g. ground elder.More example sentences
- Ground elder is edible and was used as a medicinal herb in the Middle Ages to cure gout.
- The back half of our garden is infested with ground elder.
- Q. I have about 40 maple and box elder trees on my lot.
Old English ellærn; related to Middle Low German ellern, elderne.