Definition of elderly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛldəli/


(Of a person) old or ageing: an elderly relative (as plural noun the elderly) specialist services 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, mature, older, senior, ancient, venerable;
advanced in years, getting on, ageing;
in one's dotage, long in the tooth, as old as the hills;
grey, grey-haired, grey-bearded, grizzled, hoary;
past one's prime, not as young as one was, not as young as one used to be;
decrepit, doddering, doddery, not long for this world, senile, superannuated;
septuagenarian, octogenarian, nonagenarian, centenarian
informal past it, over the hill, no spring chicken
formal senescent
rare longevous
old people, older people, elderly people, elders, geriatrics, senior citizens, (old-age) pensioners, OAPs, retired people;
North American  seniors, retirees, golden agers
informal (golden) oldies, wrinklies
North American informal oldsters, woopies



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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