Elder

Adjective

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

Noun

  • An older person or an older member, usually a leader, of some community.

    "We were presented to the village elder."

  • An officer of a church, sometimes having teaching responsibilities.
  • (US, Mormonism) One ordained to the lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood.

    "Jack had been an elder for only a few days when he received a new calling."

  • (paganism and Heathenry) A pagan or Heathen priest or priestess.
  • 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).
  • One who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
  • (US, Mormonism) One ordained to the lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood.

    "After being a member of the Church for a while, Bill was ordained to the office of elder."

  • (Mormonism, often capitalized) Title for a male missionary; title for a general authority.

    "One of the long-time leaders in the Church is Elder Packer."

  • A small tree, Sambucus nigra, having white flowers in a cluster, and edible purple berries
  • One who is older than another.

    "Respect your elders."

  • A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments.

    "a travelling elder"

  • (US, Mormonism) Male missionary.

    "The elders are coming over for dinner tonight."

Verb

  • (Quakerism) To admonish or reprove for improper conduct by the elders of the meeting.

    "I was eldered for directly responding to someone else's message in meeting for worship."

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