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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 youngest of the elders, a man of about fifty, had been bred from infancy in a Shaker village, and was said never to have clasped a woman's hand in his own, and to have no conception of a closer tie than the cold fraternal one of the sect.
But perceiving that the elders eyed her doubtfully, she gasped for breath, and again spoke.
The elders stood up around, and the Father feebly raised himself to a more erect position, but continued sitting in his great chair.
Yes, it was delightful; and the little maiden showed the boy everything; and the Elder Tree still was fragrant, and the red flag, with the white cross, was still waving: the flag under which the old seaman in the New Booths had sailed.
Weller the elder gave vent to an extraordinary sound, which, being neither a groan, nor a grunt, nor a gasp, nor a growl, seemed to partake in some degree of the character of all four.
asked the Marquis, whom I will still describe as the elder brother, coming booted into the room from his horse.
I also saw that I was an incumbrance in the mind of the elder, too.
I connected the title by which the boy had addressed the elder brother, with the initial letter embroidered on the scarf, and had no difficulty in arriving at the conclusion that I had seen that nobleman very lately.
Vanstone the elder had destroyed in my presence had not been, so far as I know, replaced by another.
The young lady herself (as I have heard from the elder Mr.
Rose indignantly denied the insinuation, for when healths were drunk in the good old-fashioned way to suit the elders, she had observed that Aunt Jessie's boys filled their glasses with water, and had done the same herself in spite of the Prince's jokes about "the rosy.
There was an impressive pause among the young folks in their corner, for they all knew that Mac would "be mad," since he hated nonsense of this sort, and had gone to talk with the elders when the game began.