Definition of eldest in English:

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eldest

Pronunciation: /ˈeldəst/

adjective

(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 he was the eldest of the three
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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: eld·est

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