Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

elderly

adjective
     
el‧der‧ly S2 W2
1 used as a polite way of saying that someone is old or becoming old:
a well-dressed elderly woman
2

the elderly

people who are old:
a retirement village for the elderly
WORD FOCUS: old WORD FOCUS: old
PEOPLE: elderly a polite word used to describe someone who is old
middle-aged
aged between about 50 and 60 years old
senior citizen
/senior American English/pensioner British English/retiree American English someone over 60 who has stopped working
senile
old and mentally ill
ancient
, geriatric, be getting on, be past it, be over the hill, be no spring chicken informal words and expressionsused to describe someone who is old, often used humorously
geriatric
geriatric medicine, care, hospitals etc are for old people

THINGS/PLACES: ancient ancient civilizations, cities, buildings, traditions etc existed many hundreds of years ago
prehistoric
existing many thousands of years ago
antique
antique furniture, jewellery etc is old and often valuable


See also
old

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary