Definitions of elder

  1. a person who is older than you are
  2. any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit
  3. 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.
  4. A genus of shrubs ( Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.
  5. 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.
  6. A small tree with a spongy pith, bearing useful purple berries.
  7. One who is older: an ancestor: one advanced to office on account of age: one of the office- bearers in the Presbyterian Church.
  8. An older person; an official in some churches; a bush with spongy pith.
  9. Eldest.
  10. Older; born earlier.
  11. A shrub with white flowers and purple - black or red berries.
  12. 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.
  13. A genus of shrubs and small trees; a small tree with a spongy pith, bearing dark purple berries.
  14. One advanced in life; an office- bearer in a Presbyterian church.
  15. used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son; " Bill Adams, Sr."
  16. Older; more aged, or existing longer.
  17. One who is older; a superior in age; a senior.
  18. An aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
  19. A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder.
  20. 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.
  21. Older; prior in time, origin, or appointment.
  22. Older: having lived a longer time: prior in origin.
  23. Having lived longer; senior; older.
  24. Older; having lived a longer time; prior in origin; preceding in the date.
  25. Senior; opposed to younger; older; comp. degree of old.