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elder

noun [C] uk   /ˈel.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
C2 an older person, especially one with a respected position in society: You should listen to the advice of your elders. They consulted the village elders.formal She is my elder by three years (= three years older than I am). an official of a religious group: a church elder →  elderberry

elder

adjective uk   /ˈel.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
elder sister/brother/son/daughter
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B1 a sister/brother/son/daughter who is older than the other sister(s), brother(s), etc.
the elder B2 the older person of two people: Of the two brothers Harvey is the elder. used after someone's name to show that they are the older of two people who have the same name, especially a father and son: William Pitt the elder
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