elder

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elder

noun adult, advanced in years, ancestor, ancient, antiquated, antique, archaic, early, elderly, matured, older man, older woman, one of the older generation, original, senior, senior citizen, superannuated, veteran, vintage
Associated concepts: elder care, medicare, social security
See also: adult, predecessor, primogenitor
References in classic literature ?
The elders stood up around, and the Father feebly raised himself to a more erect position, but continued sitting in his great chair.
The aged Father sank back exhausted, and the surrounding elders deemed, with good reason, that the hour was come when the new heads of the village must enter on their patriarchal duties.
"What's the joke?" asked young Mac, waked out of a brown study by the laughter, in which the elders joined.
Elder Hitch, as is seen, was trying to make proselytes on the very railway trains.
The most wonderful fairy tales grow out of that which is reality; were that not the case, you know, my magnificent Elderbush could not have grown out of the tea-pot." And then she took the little boy out of bed, laid him on her bosom, and the branches of the Elder Tree, full of flowers, closed around her.
A great chunk of the shore had been bitten out by some spring freshet, and the scar was masked by elder bushes, growing down to the water in flowery terraces.
He caught the one-eyed elder on his blind side and ripped his ear into ribbons.
'The rest will be inwested in my name,' continued the elder Mr.
The elder man looked him sternly in the face, stood a moment motionless and without a word withdrew into the house.
"The elder brother looked to the younger, who said haughtily, `There is a case of medicines here;' and brought it from a closet, and put it on the table.
It never occurred to her that her own conduct could be anything of a puzzle to her mother, or that elder people are as much affected by the young as the young are by them.
When he quitted England, he left his father and his elder brother Michael seriously at variance.