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Definition 1: a person who is older than you are - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for elder in the sense of this definition

(elder is a kind of ...) a fully developed person from maturity onward

(... is a kind of elder ) a man who is the senior member of a group

"he is the dean of foreign correspondents"

(... is a kind of elder ) a woman who is the senior member of a group

Definition 2: any of various church officers - [noun denoting person]

(elder is a kind of ...) a church official

(... is a kind of elder ) an elder in the Presbyterian Church

Definition 3: any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit - [noun denoting plant]

Synonyms for elder in the sense of this definition

(elder is a kind of ...) a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems

(... is a kind of elder ) common elder of central and eastern North America bearing purple-black berries; fruit used in wines and jellies

(... is a kind of elder ) shrub or small tree of western United States having white flowers and blue berries; fruit used in wines and jellies

(... is a kind of elder ) dwarf herbaceous elder of Europe having pink flowers and a nauseous odor

(... is a kind of elder ) a common shrub with black fruit or a small tree of Europe and Asia; fruit used for wines and jellies

(... is a kind of elder ) common North American shrub or small tree

(... is a kind of elder ) Eurasian shrub

(... is a member of elder) elder; elderberry

Definition 4: used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where elder or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Bill Adams, Sr.

Synonyms for elder in the sense of this definition

(elder is similar to ...) older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service

"senior officer"

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