Definitions of elder

  1. used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son; " Bill Adams, Sr."
  2. a person who is older than you are
  3. any of various church officers
  4. any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit
  5. Older; more aged, or existing longer.
  6. One who is older; a superior in age; a senior.
  7. An aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
  8. A person who, on account of his age, occupies the office of ruler or judge; hence, a person occupying any office appropriate to such as have the experience and dignity which age confers; as, the elders of Israel; the elders of the synagogue; the elders in the apostolic church.
  9. A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder.
  10. A genus of shrubs ( Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.
  11. Born before another; prior in years; senior; earlier; older; as, his elder brother died in infancy; - opposed to younger, and now commonly applied to a son, daughter, child, brother, etc.
  12. Older; prior in time, origin, or appointment.
  13. One older in age, rank, or station; in certain Protestant churches, a governing officer, or minister; a shrub with a spongy pith and purple berries.
  14. A small tree with a spongy pith, bearing useful purple berries.
  15. Older: having lived a longer time: prior in origin.
  16. One who is older: an ancestor: one advanced to office on account of age: one of the office- bearers in the Presbyterian Church.
  17. An older person; an official in some churches; a bush with spongy pith.
  18. Eldest.
  19. Older; born earlier.
  20. Having lived longer; senior; older.
  21. A shrub with white flowers and purple - black or red berries.
  22. Older; having lived a longer time; prior in origin; preceding in the date.
  23. One who is older; an ancestor; one who, on account of his age and experience, is selected for office; one who held office in the early Christian Church; in the Presbyterian Church, a member of what, in connection with a congregation, is called the kirk- session, which is presided over by the minister, and superintends and administers the order and discipline of the Church; the player who leads.
  24. A genus of shrubs and small trees; a small tree with a spongy pith, bearing dark purple berries.
  25. Senior; opposed to younger; older; comp. degree of old.
  26. One advanced in life; an office- bearer in a Presbyterian church.

Usage examples for elder

  1. " She need be no care to you, sir," said the elder boy; " Henry and I will look after her." – Captured by the Navajos by Charles A. Curtis
  2. The younger children look better than the elder. – The New Germany by George Young
  3. Thayer had tried to buy the mill when the elder Houston was alive. – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  4. " I have," he began, " the honour of speaking to Mr. Smart the elder?" – The Dew of Their Youth by S. R. Crockett
  5. Roy went across the hall to his elder brother's room. – Two Boys and a Fortune by Matthew White, Jr.
  6. Well, let me say as between man and man, the elder spoke, that Menocal won't let you take away that much water from him if he can help it. – The Iron Furrow by George C. Shedd
  7. You do not mean the elder sister? – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  8. But this remark was added to the thousand suggestions made by the elder lady and not accepted by the younger. – The Girl at Cobhurst by Frank Richard Stockton
  9. There his other daughter, Ismene, joined him, and, after a time, his elder son Polynices, arrived. – A Book of Golden Deeds by Charlotte M. Yonge
  10. The elder woman lay back on the sofa with a sigh of relief. – A Sweet Girl Graduate by Mrs. L.T. Meade
  11. Then he turned once more to the elder woman. – The Fairies and the Christmas Child by Lilian Gask
  12. He will expect it from an elder of the church." – Jess by H. Rider Haggard
  13. I told you, muttered the elder, that you shouldn't have put up all the money. – The Social Cancer A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
  14. We will first give attention to that from the elder lady. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  15. As Roger Ingleton, the elder, you may depend on it the matter will take another view. – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  16. Such was the elder sister's belief as to her father's mind. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  17. " You should be interested in the message only, not in the messenger, my child," gravely replied the elder lady. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  18. Instantly a change came over the elder man. – The Plow-Woman by Eleanor Gates
  19. Mrs. Elder and her brother turned away and went down- stairs. – Home Scenes, and Home Influence A Series of Tales and Sketches by T. S. Arthur
  20. The elder of them was called Wishie, the younger Contenta. – Tales From Catland, for Little Kittens by Tabitha Grimalkin