Elder

Definition of Elder

Eld´er
a.1.Older; more aged, or existing longer.
Let the elder men among us emulate their own earlier deeds.
- Jowett (Thucyd.
2.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.
The elder shall serve the younger.
- Gen. xxv. 23.
But ask of elder days, earth's vernal hour.
- Keble.
Elder hand
(Card Playing) the hand playing, or having the right to play, first.
- Hoyle.
n.1.One who is older; a superior in age; a senior.
2.An aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
Carry your head as your elders have done.
- L'Estrange.
3.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.
4.(M. E. Ch.) A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder.
Presiding elder
(Meth. Ch.) an elder commissioned by a bishop to have the oversight of the churches and preachers in a certain district.
Ruling elder
a lay presbyter or member of a Presbyterian church session.
- Schaff.
1.(Bot.) A genus of shrubs (Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.
Box elder
See under 1st Box.
Dwarf elder
See Danewort.
Elder tree
(Bot.) Same as Elder.
Marsh elder
the cranberry tree Viburnum Opulus).
- Shak.

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