Definition for ELD'ER

ELD'ER, a. [Sax. ealdor, the comparative degree of eld, now written old. See Old.]

  1. Older; senior; having lived a longer time; born, produced, or formed before something else; opposed to younger. The elder shall serve the younger. Gen. xxv. His elder son was in the field. Luke xv.
  2. Prior in origin; preceding in the date of a commission; as, an elder officer or magistrate. In this sense, we generally use senior.

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