- elderelder1 [el′dər]adj.[ME < OE (Mercian) eldra, ældra, compar. < base of ald, eald, OLD]1. born or brought forth earlier than another or others; exceeding another in age; senior; older2. Obs. of longer standing or superior rank, position, validity, etc.3. Now Rare earlier; former; ancientn.1. an older person2. an aged person3. a forefather; ancestor; predecessor4. an older person with some authority or dignity in a tribe or community5.a) an officer in an early Christian churchb) in some Protestant churches, a minister; also, a member appointed to the ruling body who may also assist at Communion☆ c) Mormon Ch. a member of the Melchizedek priesthoodelder2 [el′dər]n.[ME ellerne & (with intrusive -d- as in ALDER) eldore < OE ellern, ellen, akin to MLowG ellern, eldern < IE base * el- > ELM, ALDER, L alnus, elder]1. any of a genus (Sambucus) of shrubs and small trees of the honeysuckle family, with compound leaves and flat-topped clusters of small white flowers followed by red or purple berries2. any of various unrelated plants, as the box elder or the marsh elder
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.