What does elderly mean?

Definitions for elderly
ˈɛl dər liel·der·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word elderly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aged, elderlyadjective

    people who are old collectively

    "special arrangements were available for the aged"

  2. aged, elderly, older, senioradjective

    advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables)

    "aged members of the society"; "elderly residents could remember the construction of the first skyscraper"; "senior citizen"


  1. elderlynoun

    an elderly person

  2. elderlynoun

    older people as a whole

  3. elderlyadjective

    old; having lived for relatively many years

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Elderlyadjective

    No longer young; bordering upon old age.

    Etymology: from elder.

    I have a race of orderly elderly people of both sexes at command, who can bawl when I am deaf, and tread softly when I am giddy. Jonathan Swift, to Pope.


  1. elderly

    Old age is the range of ages nearing and surpassing the life expectancy of human beings; it is the end of the human life cycle. Terms, some of them euphemisms, for people at this age include old people, the elderly (worldwide usage), OAPs (British for Old Age Pensioner), seniors, senior citizens (American), older adults (in the social sciences), and elders (many cultures). Old people often have limited regenerative abilities and are more susceptible to disease, syndromes, injuries, and other illnesses than younger adults. Some disciplines and domains focus on the aging and the aged, such as the organic processes of aging (senescence), medical studies of the aging process (gerontology), diseases that afflict older adults (geriatrics), technology to support the aging society (gerontechnology), and leisure and sport activities adapted to older people (such as senior sport). The elderly face social problems related to retirement, loneliness, and ageism.Old age is not a definite biological stage: the chronological age denoted as "old age" varies culturally and historically.In 2011, the United Nations proposed a human-rights convention to protect old people.


  1. elderly

    Elderly refers to individuals who are in the later stages of their lifespan, often considered to be around the age of 65 and above, depending on the specific cultural, societal, or medical context. The term is generally used to describe those who are retired or distinguished by physical signs of aging. However, it is important to note that the concept of who is considered elderly can vary considerably among different societies and cultures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elderlyadjective

    somewhat old; advanced beyond middle age; bordering on old age; as, elderly people

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elderly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2117

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elderly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2285

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elderly' in Adjectives Frequency: #273

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elderly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elderly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of elderly in a Sentence

  1. Diane Sprague:

    We tried to keep everyone calm and safe -- stay away from the windows. We locked the doors, stayed away from the back door, there were children, elderly people -- made sure everybody was not injured.

  2. Adam Shiroff:

    A patient like the justice, having three rib fractures, will likely be observed in the ICU, so that's a profound difference and underscores the impact of being elderly.

  3. Jeb Bush:

    What Donald Trump did was use eminent domain to try to take the property of an elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City.

  4. Chris Matthews:

    Welcome back to' Hardball,' I'm Chris Matthews. Tonight my guest is Laura, a spooky blonde lady who lies to the elderly, chris Matthews, no, you're on The NBC variety show.

  5. Wang Yuchen:

    But the elderly have relatively poor repayment ability. On the one hand, it could affect their quality of life in old age, as they continue carrying the mortgage debt mountain and work for the bank until the last moment of their lives, on the other hand, the associated risks may be transferred to their children, increasing their financial pressure.

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