Definitions for elderˈɛl dər
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word elder
a person who is older than you are
elder, elderberry bush(noun)
any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit
any of various church officers
elder, older, sr.(adj)
used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son
"Bill Adams, Sr."
older; more aged, or existing longer
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
one who is older; a superior in age; a senior
an aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor
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
a clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder
a genus of shrubs (Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries
Origin: [OE. ellern, eller, AS. ellen, cf. LG. elloorn; perh. akin to OHG. holantar, holuntar, G. holunder; or perh. to E. alder, n.]
An elder in Christianity is a person valued for his wisdom who accordingly holds a particular position of responsibility in a Christian group. In some Christian traditions an elder is a clergy person who usually serves a local church or churches and who has been ordained to a ministry of Word, Sacrament and Order, filling the preaching and pastoral offices. In other Christian traditions, an elder may be a lay person charged with serving as an administrator in a local church, or be ordained to such an office. Particularly in reference to age and experience, elders exist throughout world cultures, and the Christian sense of elder is partially related to this.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a name given to certain office-bearers in the Presbyterian Church, associated with the minister in certain spiritual functions short of teaching and administering sacraments; their duties embrace the general oversight of the congregation, and are of a wider nature than those of the deacons, whose functions are confined strictly to the secular interests of the church; they are generally elected by the church members, and ordained in the presence of the congregation; their term of office is in some cases for a stated number of years, but more generally for life.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'elder' in Nouns Frequency: #3014
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I am going to be an elder orphan, too.
A man one year elder to you is one cunning year elder to you.
Raul is determined, as his elder brother is, that this isn't going to look like a monarchy.
My grandmother would never want to be known as one of America's most famous cases of elder abuse.
The thus far cautious diplomatic stance of the elder leaders in the royal family is being replaced by an impulsive interventionist policy.
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Translations for elder
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- бузіна́, старшыBelarusian
- по-възрастен, бъзBulgarian
- saücCatalan, Valencian
- starší, stařešina, bezinkaCzech
- hynafgwr, ysgawen, hŷn, henuriad, blaenor, henachWelsh
- hyld, hyldetræDanish
- Holunder, älter, Schwarzer Holunder, Holder, Holler, ältereGerman
- saúco, ancianoSpanish
- مهتر, بزرگترPersian
- vanhin, mustaselja, saksanheisi, mustaheisi, seljatFinnish
- ancien, sureau, aînéFrench
- trom, foirfeach, sinsearIrish
- èildear, droman, foirfeach, dromanachScottish Gaelic
- մեծ, սեւ կտտկենի, թանթրվենի, փորքիչ, շամբուկ, քալանթաշի ծառ, արջի խնդեղնի, կտտկենիArmenian
- yllir, öldungur, svartyllirIcelandic
- 年長, 年上, としより, ニワトコ, 長老Japanese
- henavoges, kottha, henavek, skawenCornish
- kaumātua, pēperekōu, tūnohunohuMāori
- svarthyll, hyllNorwegian
- ouderling, vlier, ouderDutch
- svarthyll, hyllNorwegian Nynorsk
- starszy, bezPolish
- sabugueiro, [[mais]] [[velho]]/[[idoso]]/[[antigo]], ancião, anciã, sabugo, mais velhoPortuguese
- старейшина, бузина́, старший, староста, чёрная бузина́Russian
- sabucu, sambucu, savucu, saucuSardinian
- bàzga, zóva, starješina, ба̀зга, зо́ваSerbo-Croatian
- starejši, starešina, črni bezeg, starosta, bezegSlovene
- ผู้สูงอายุ, ผู้อาวุโสThai
- ihtiyar, yaşlıTurkish
- старший, бузина́Ukrainian
- sawou, sawri, seucea, suzonWalloon
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