Part of speech: adjective

Having lived longer; senior; older.

Part of speech: noun

An older or aged person; patriarch; church officer or minister.

Part of speech: noun

A shrub with white flowers and purple - black or red berries.

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Usage examples "elder":

  1. The elder brother shook his head doubtfully. - "For the Liberty of Texas", Edward Stratemeyer.
  2. Through all the years they had been together, the elder sister had never seen before the expression which the younger's face now wore. - "Moods", Louisa May Alcott.
  3. I am the Marquis of Lossie, and while I am your elder brother and the head of the family, you shall never with my consent marry that base man- a man it would blast me to the soul to call brother. - "The Marquis of Lossie", George MacDonald.