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Sense: 1-5
Origin: ELDER1
Sense: 6
Origin: Old English ellærn

elder

2 noun
     
Related topics: Plants, Christianity
elder2 [countable]
1

be somebody's elder

formal to be older than someone else
be two/ten etc years somebody's elder
Janet's sister was eight years her elder.
2

somebody's elders (and betters)

people who are older than you and who you should respect
3 a member of a tribe or other social group who is important and respected because they are old:
a meeting of the village elders
4RRC someone who has an official position of responsibility in some Christian churches
5

elder abuse

the crime of harming an old person
6HBP a small wild tree that has white flowers and black berries

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