Meaning of “elderly” in the English Dictionary

"elderly" in British English

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elderlyadjective

uk /ˈel.dəl.i/ us /ˈel.dɚ.li/

B1 polite word for old:

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  • An elderly couple live next door.
  • Please give up your seat to an elderly or disabled person if they require it.
  • She was too elderly and infirm to remain at home.
  • I took my elderly parents to look at some new houses.
  • An elderly man from Hull has confounded doctors by recovering after he was officially declared dead.

elderlynoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈel.dəl.i/ us /ˈel.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/

old people considered as a group:

The city is building new housing for the elderly.

(Definition of “elderly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)