Definition of “elder” - English Dictionary

“elder” in British English

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eldernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈel.dər/ us /ˈel.dɚ/

elderadjective

uk /ˈel.dər/ us /ˈel.dɚ/

(Definition of “elder” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“elder” in American English

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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)