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English definition of “elder”

elder

noun [C]     /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 me).The elderlyOld or old-fashionedDescribing people who are old an official of a religious group: a church elderReligious leaders and officials → elderberry elderberryGrammar:EitherorEither… or… connects two choices:See more
(Definition of elder noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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