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Definition of elder:

  1. A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder.
  2. A genus of shrubs ( Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.
  3. 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.
  4. An aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
  5. 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.
  6. Older; more aged, or existing longer.
  7. One who is older; a superior in age; a senior.

Synonyms:

archdeacon, older, senior citizen, elderberry bush, oldster, black sheep, senior, bishopric, abbot, eldest, careline, clansman, cardinal, adviser, higher-up, blood, Dutch uncle, old-timer, canon, nestor, venerable, golden ager, elder statesman, archbishop, abbess, aging, consultant, sr., better, big, decrepit, blood relation, aged, ancient, dependent, council, the Archbishop of Canterbury, clanswoman, advisor, the elder, back seat driver, career coach, youth, doyen, archbishopric, more mature, sr., over, ranking, superior, old, geriatric, bishop, charge, elderly, counselor.

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