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Definition of 'elder'


  1. a person who is older than you are
       Synonyms: senior
  2. any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit
       Synonyms: elderberry bush
  3. any of various church officers


  1. used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son; "Bill Adams, Sr."
       Synonyms: older sr.

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