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Meaning of “elderly” in the English Dictionary

"elderly" in British English

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elderlyadjective

uk   /ˈel.dəl.i/  us   /-dɚ.li/
B1 polite word forold: elderly relatives/​parents

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elderlynoun [plural]

uk   /ˈel.dəl.i/  us   /-dɚ.li/
(Definition of elderly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elderly" in American English

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elderlyadjective

 us   /ˈel·dər·li/
old: William is ​nearly 50, and his ​parents are elderly.

elderlynoun [pl]

 us   /ˈel·dər·li/
oldpeopleconsidered as a ​group: The ​city is ​building new ​housing for the elderly.
(Definition of elderly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “elderly”
in Arabic كَهْل, طاعِن في السِّن…
in Korean 노인…
in Portuguese idoso…
in Catalan gran (d’edat)…
in Japanese 年をとった…
in Chinese (Simplified) 年老的, 上了年纪的, 年纪较大的…
in Turkish (kibar anlamda) yaşlı, geçkin, tecrübeli…
in Russian пожилой…
in Chinese (Traditional) 年老的, 上了年紀的, 年紀較大的…
in Italian anziano…
in Polish starszy…
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