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Elder

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(1):

(a.) An aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.

(2):

(a.) A person who, on account of his age, occupies the office of ruler or judge; hence, a person occupying any office appropriate to such as have the experience and dignity which age confers; as, the elders of Israel; the elders of the synagogue; the elders in the apostolic church.

(3):

(a.) A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder.

(4):

(n.) A genus of shrubs (Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.

(5):

(a.) One who is older; a superior in age; a senior.

(6):

(a.) Born before another; prior in years; senior; earlier; older; as, his elder brother died in infancy; - opposed to younger, and now commonly applied to a son, daughter, child, brother, etc.

(7):

(a.) Older; more aged, or existing longer.


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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Elder'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/web/e/elder.html. 1828.

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