What does eldest mean?

Definitions for eldestˈɛl dɪst

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. firstborn, eldest(adj)

    the offspring who came first in the order of birth

  2. firstborn, eldest(adj)

    first in order of birth

    "the firstborn child"


  1. eldest(Adjective)

    ; greatest in age or seniority.

    eldest son

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eldest(adj)

    oldest; longest in duration

  2. Eldest(adj)

    born or living first, or before the others, as a son, daughter, brother, etc.; first in origin. See Elder

  3. Origin: [AS. yldest, superl. of eald old. See Elder, a.]


  1. Eldest

    Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini and the sequel to Eragon. Eldest was first published in hardcover on August 23, 2005, and was released in paperback in September 2006. Eldest has been released in an audiobook format, and as an ebook. Like Eragon, Eldest became a New York Times bestseller. A deluxe edition of Eldest was released on September 26, 2006, including new information and art by both the illustrator and the author. Other editions of Eldest are translated into different languages. Eldest begins following several important events in Eragon. The story is the continued adventures of Eragon and his dragon Saphira, centering around their journey to the realm of the Elves in order to further Eragon's training as a Dragon Rider. Other plots in the story focus on Roran, Eragon's cousin, who leads the inhabitants of Carvahall to Surda to join the Varden, and Nasuada as she takes on her father's role as leader of the Varden. Eldest ends at the Battle of the Burning Plains, where Eragon faces a new Dragon Rider, Murtagh, and a new dragon, Thorn. Reviews pointed out the similarities between Eldest and other works such as The Lord of the Rings, while praising the themes of the book, such as friendship and honor. Several of these reviews commented on the style and genre of Eldest, while others considered the possibility of a film adaptation similar to the adaption of its prequel Eragon.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'eldest' in Adjectives Frequency: #1021


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eldest in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eldest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Fuller:

    Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven It hath the primal eldest curse upon 't, A brother's murder.

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