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Language: Old English
Origin: ieldra, from eald 'old'

elder

1 adjective
     
el‧der1 especially British English
the elder of two people, especially brothers and sisters, is the one who was born first
elder brother/son/sister/daughter etc
His elder son Liam became a lawyer.
Sarah is the elder of the two.
! It is more usual to say older.

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