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[el-der-lee] /ˈɛl dər li/

of advanced age; old:
discounts for elderly patrons.
of or relating to persons in later life.
(used with a plural verb) elderly people collectively; senior citizens (usually preceded by the):
Doctors recommend that young children and the elderly get vaccinated.
adjective (of people)


1610s, from elder + -ly (1). Old English ealdorlic meant “chief, princely, excellent, authentic.” Old English also had related eldernliche “of old time,” literally “forefatherly.”


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