see also: Elder
  • (Australia) IPA: /ˈeldə/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɛldə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɛldɚ/
  1. comparative degree of old#English|old: older, greater than another in age or seniority.
    The elder of the two was also an elder statesman
Synonyms Translations
  • French: aîné
  • German: älter
  • Portuguese: mais velho, mais idoso, mais antigo
  • Russian: ста́рший
  • Spanish: anciano, adulto mayor

elder (plural elders)

  1. An older person or an older member, usually a leader, of some community.
    We were presented to the village elder.
  2. One who is older than another.
    Respect your elders.
  3. One who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
    • Carry your head as your elders have done.
  4. An officer of a church, sometimes having teaching responsibilities.
  5. A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments.
    a travelling elder
  6. (US, Mormonism) One ordained to the lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood.
    After being a member of the Church for a while, Bill was ordained to the office of elder.
    Jack had been an elder for only a few days when he received a new calling.
  7. (US, Mormonism) Male missionary.
    The elders are coming over for dinner tonight.
  8. (Mormonism, often capitalized) Title for a male missionary; title for a general authority.
    One of the long-time leaders in the Church is Elder Packer.
  9. (paganism and Heathenry) A pagan or Heathen priest or priestess.
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  • Russian: старе́йшина
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  • Russian: старе́йшина

elder (elders, present participle eldering; past and past participle eldered)

  1. (Quakerism) To admonish or reprove for improper conduct by the elders of the meeting.
    I was eldered for directly responding to someone else's message in meeting for worship.

elder (plural elders)

  1. A small tree, Sambucus nigra, having white flowers in a cluster, and edible purple berries
  2. Any of the other species of the genus Sambucus: small trees, shrubs or herbaceous perennials with red, purple, or white/yellow berries (some of which are poisonous).
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Proper noun
  1. Surname

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