Definitions for elderˈɛl dər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
eld•er*ˈɛl dər(adj.)old; eldest
of greater age; older.
of higher rank; senior.
of former times; earlier.
(n.)an older person:
a boy who respects his elders.
an aged person.
an older, influential member of a tribe or community, often a chief or ruler.
Category: Sociology, Anthropology
(in certain Protestant churches) a lay member who is a governing officer, often assisting the pastor in services.
* a compar. of as superl..
Origin of elder:
bef. 900; ME; OE eldra, comp. of ealdold
any shrub or tree of the genus Sambucus, of the honeysuckle family, having divided leaves and clusters of small red, black, or yellow berries.
Origin of elder:
bef. 900; ME eldre, elrene, OE ellærn
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."
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
oldest of two
my elder brother/sister
sb older in your family
Who is the elder - you or your sister?
an experienced, respected leader of a group
the elders of the tribe
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
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
Translations for elder
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person who is older
Take the advice of your elders.
- من يَكْبُرُك سِنّاArabic
- mais velhoPortuguese (BR)
- starší (člověk)Czech
- γεροντότερος, μεγαλύτεροςGreek
- vanem inimeneEstonian
- آدم سالخورده؛ سالمندFarsi
- זָקֶן, מְבוּגָרHebrew
- idősebb emberHungarian
- orang lebih tuaIndonesian
- þeir sem eru eldriIcelandic
- anziano, maggiore d'età*Italian
- 어른, 연장자Korean
- lebih tuaMalay
- person som er eldreNorwegian
- آدم سالخورده؛ سالمندPersian
- mais velhoPortuguese
- den somär äldreSwedish
- (yaşça) büyükTurkish
- 年齡較大者；長者Chinese (Trad.)
- старі люди, старшіUkrainian
- عمر دراز فردUrdu
- người nhiều tuổi hơnVietnamese
- 年龄较大者，长者Chinese (Simp.)
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