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eldest Line breaks: eld¦est
Pronunciation: /ˈɛldɪst/

Definition of eldest in English:


(Of one out of a group of related or otherwise associated people) of the greatest age; oldest: Swift left the company to his eldest son, Charles
More example sentences
  • Former South African president Nelson Mandela has revealed that his eldest son has died of Aids.
  • Their parents' expectations may be very high and the eldest child may have the most expected from them.
oldest, first, firstborn, most grown up, big, biggest


Old English ieldest, eldest, of Germanic origin; related to German ältest, also to eld and old.

Words that rhyme with eldest

contrabandist • avant-gardist

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