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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.


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