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1. elder

noun. ['ˈɛldɝ'] a person who is older than you are.

Synonyms

  • dean
  • grownup
  • doyen
  • adult
  • senior

Antonyms

  • conservative
  • man
  • emotional person
  • liberal

Etymology

  • eldra (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • eldre (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Elder

  • heldor

How do you pronounce elder?

Pronounce elder as ˈɛldər.

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Sentences with elder


1. Noun, singular or mass
Purchase music or movies for your elder's Christmas gift.

2. Adjective, comparative
The demand for elder care increases as the baby-boomer population ages.

3. Verb, base form
These properties may be houses, apartment buildings, elder housing developments and group homes for disabled people.

Quotes about elder


1. If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

2. If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

3. Oh, brothers! I don't care for brothers. My elder brother won't die, and my younger brothers seem never to do anything else.
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

2. elder

adjective. ['ˈɛldɝ'] used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son.

Synonyms

  • sr.
  • senior

Antonyms

  • fauna
  • superior
  • woman

Etymology

  • eldra (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • eldre (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. elder

noun. ['ˈɛldɝ'] any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit.

Synonyms

  • Sambucus
  • shrub
  • Sambucus racemosa
  • sweet elder
  • elderberry
  • stinking elder
  • elderberry bush
  • common elder
  • bourtree
  • American red elder
  • Sambucus nigra
  • bush
  • blue elder
  • Sambucus canadensis
  • Sambucus ebulus
  • Sambucus pubens
  • Sambucus caerulea
  • European elder
  • American elder
  • danewort
  • black elderberry
  • blue elderberry
  • genus Sambucus
  • dwarf elder
  • black elder
  • red-berried elder

Antonyms

  • inexperienced
  • preteenager
  • someone
  • soul

Etymology

  • eldra (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • eldre (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. elder

noun. ['ˈɛldɝ'] any of various church officers.

Synonyms

  • church officer

Antonyms

  • unsexy
  • young

Etymology

  • eldra (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • eldre (Middle English (1100-1500))
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