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English adjective: elder

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

SamplesBill Adams, Sr..

Synonymsolder, sr.



English noun: elder

1. elder (person) a person who is older than you are


Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup

Narrower (hyponym)dean, doyen, doyenne

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

Synonymselderberry bush

Broader (hypernym)bush, shrub

Narrower (hyponym)American elder, American red elder, black elder, black elderberry, blue elder, blue elderberry, bourtree, common elder, danewort, dwarf elder, elderberry, European elder, European red elder, red-berried elder, red-berried elder, Sambucus caerulea, Sambucus canadensis, Sambucus ebulus, Sambucus nigra, Sambucus pubens, Sambucus racemosa, stinking elder, sweet elder

Member meronymgenus Sambucus, Sambucus

3. elder (person) any of various church officers

Broader (hypernym)church officer

Narrower (hyponym)presbyter

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