be someone's elder

to be older than someone, especially someone in your family
be 10 years/3 months etc someone's elder:

She was ten years my elder, though she looked a lot younger.

be someone's elder by 10 years/ three months etc:

Sharon was her twin's elder by just 20 minutes.


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  • be someone's elder — be someone’s elder phrase to be older than someone, especially someone in your family be 10 years/​3 months etc someone’s elder: She was ten years my elder, though she looked a lot younger. be someone’s elder by 10 years/ three months etc: Sharon …   Useful english dictionary

  • elder — el|der1 [ eldər ] adjective only before noun * older than someone, especially someone in your family: The elder son works on a farm. elder brother/sister: advice from my elder brother a. the elder the person who is older, especially of two people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • elder — I UK [ˈeldə(r)] / US [ˈeldər] adjective [only before noun] * a) older than someone, especially someone in your family The elder son works on a farm. elder brother/sister: advice from my elder brother b) the elder the person who is older,… …   English dictionary

  • elder statesman — n someone old and respected, especially a politician, who people ask for advice because of his or her knowledge and experience …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • elder statesman — noun count 1. ) someone with a lot of experience in politics or government who is given a lot of respect 2. ) an experienced and respected member of a group or organization …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • elder — el|der1 [ˈeldə US ər] adj especially BrE [: Old English; Origin: ieldra, from eald old ] the elder of two people, especially brothers and sisters, is the one who was born first elder brother/son/sister/daughter etc ▪ His elder son Liam became a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • elder — [[t]e̱ldə(r)[/t]] elders 1) ADJ COMPAR: ADJ n, the ADJ, the ADJ of n The elder of two people is the one who was born first. ...his elder brother. ...the elder of her two daughters. 2) N COUNT: poss N A person s elder is someone who is older than… …   English dictionary

  • elder — 1 adjective 1 elder brother/daughter/sister etc (only before noun) a brother etc who is older than other brothers etc: My elder brother looks nothing like me. see old 2 the elder a) the older one of two people: Sarah is the elder of the two. b)… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Elder (Christianity) — An elder (in Greek, πρεσβυτερος [ presbyteros ] ; see Presbyter) in Christianity is a person valued for his wisdom who accordingly holds a particular position of responsibility in a Christian group. However, elders exist throughout world cultures …   Wikipedia

  • elder — [ˈeldə] adj I older than someone, especially someone in your family advice from my elder brother[/ex] II noun [C] elder [ˈeldə] 1) someone in your family or community who is older than you 2) an older member of an organization or community who is …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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