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eldernoun [C]

us   /ˈel·dər/
an older person, esp. one who deserves respect: You should listen to your elders.
An elder is also an official in particular religious groups.

elderadjective [not gradable]

us   /ˈel·dər/
(of a family member) older: an elder brother/sister
(Definition of elder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"elder" in British English

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eldernoun [C]

uk   /ˈel.dər/ us   /ˈel.dɚ/

elderadjective

uk   /ˈel.dər/ us   /ˈel.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
(Definition of elder from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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