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“… it left elder parents alone there are …”

meanings of elder


  1. An older person or an older member, usually a leader, of some community.
  2. A pagan or Heathen priest or priestess.
  3. One who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
  4. An officer of a church, sometimes having teaching responsibilities.
  5. Title for a male missionary; title for a general authority.
  6. A small tree, Sambucus nigra, having white flowers in a cluster, and edible purple berries.
  7. Any of the other species of the genus Sambucus: small trees, shrubs or herbaceous perennials with red, purple, or white/yellow berries (some of which are poisonous).
  8. A cow's udder, especially used as food.
  9. One who is older than another.
  10. One ordained to the lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood.
  11. Male missionary.
  12. A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments.


  1. Comparative degree of old: older, greater than another in age or seniority.


  1. To admonish or reprove for improper conduct by the elders of the meeting.


  1. A surname​.

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