(noun, adjective, verb)


1. used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son

Similar word(s): senior, older


1. a person who is older than you are

Similar word(s): senior

Definition categories: person, adult, grownup

2. any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit

Definition categories: plant, bush, shrub

3. any of various church officers

Definition categories: person

Sentences with elder as a noun:

- We were presented to the village elder.

- Respect your elders.

- a travelling elder

- After being a member of the Church for a while, Bill was ordained to the office of elder.

- Jack had been an elder for only a few days when he received a new calling.

- The elders are coming over for dinner tonight.

- One of the long-time leaders in the Church is Elder Packer.


1. (Quakerism) To admonish or reprove for improper conduct by the elders of the meeting.

- I was eldered for directly responding to someone else's message in meeting for worship.