Definitions of eldest

  1. Oldest; first- born; as, the eldest son.
  2. First - born; oldest.
  3. Oldest; most advanced in age.
  4. Degree of old; most advanced in age, usually applied to persons.

Usage examples for eldest

  1. She bore Godwin's name, and was considered and treated as the eldest daughter of the house. – The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2) by Florence A. Thomas Marshall
  2. The eldest daughter answered-" Papa, I get my living by your fortune." – Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day
  3. Mr. Jones and his eldest son returned to the house, having been absent the entire day. – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  4. She was the eldest, and the busy, responsible one at this poor counter. – Peter Ibbetson by George Du Maurier
  5. " Ye see, we never gave a thought to him, with that great hearty Mr. George, his eldest brother, to succeed when the old gentleman went. – The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley
  6. She was then five and thirty, and her eldest boy, Thomas, was fourteen. – The Three Cities Trilogy: Paris, Vol. 2 by Emile Zola
  7. We will speak of the eldest first. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  8. And since then I have heard nothing until the other day it came to my ears that the eldest girl- she must be over twenty now, was supporting the entire family. – Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
  9. I never could see why the eldest of a family should lord it so over the others." – The Princess of the School by Angela Brazil
  10. Elder and eldest are applied to persons only; older and oldest, to either persons or things. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  11. " Lay them one by one on the sand, and do not break them," said the eldest wave. – McGuffey's Third Eclectic Reader by William Holmes McGuffey
  12. So said the eldest sister, of the golden eyes. – The Firelight Fairy Book by Henry Beston
  13. There's Jack- The eldest son roused himself up at the mention of his own name. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  14. When they sat down to table, the King said, " I cannot give away my youngest daughter until the two eldest are married." – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers
  15. The governor's wife says she has two little boys, the eldest six years of age. – Letters from China and Japan by John Dewey Alice Chipman Dewey
  16. I went at once to my eldest brother and showed him my son's letter, and told him all that I have written here. – The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins Last Updated: January 3, 2009
  17. Gertrude had feared that, with Nan Grant sick in the house, Mrs. Miller would not be able to give up her eldest daughter; but Mary, a second girl, having returned home unexpectedly, one of them could be spared. – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
  18. He says: When the war of the Revolution commenced my father's eldest brother Henry was about twenty- two years of age. – American Prisoners of the Revolution by Danske Dandridge
  19. The sister, the eldest, was fine. – Our Nervous Friends Illustrating the Mastery of Nervousness by Robert S. Carroll
  20. Perhaps you are thinking of his brother- the eldest son- a respectable man, as I have been told? – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins