English - Vietnamese Dictionary
elder /'eldə/Concise Dictionary
- danh từ
- (số nhiều) bậc huynh trưởng
- danh từ
- (thực vật học) cây cơm cháy
+a person who is older than you are
+any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit
+any of various church officers
+used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son
+past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')
+(used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age
+of long duration; not new
+(used for emphasis) very familiar
+just preceding something else in time or order
+of a very early stage in development
+old in experience
+belonging to some prior time
+(used informally especially for emphasis)
Advanced English Dictionary
1 older, senior:
My elder brother was born in 1930.
2 venerable, respected, (pre-)eminent; experienced, veteran:
Clemenceau was an elder statesman at the Geneva Convention.
3 senior, superior; patriarch, elder statesman, dean, doyen or doyenne:
Everyone paid great respect to the elders of the tribe.
1 [only before noun] (of people, especially two members of the same family) older: my elder brother + his elder sister
2 (the elder) used without a noun immediately after it to show who is the older of two people: the elder of their two sons
3 (the elder) (formal) used before or after sb's name to show that they are the older of two people who have the same name: the elder Pitt + Pitt the elder
Compare: the younger at YOUNG adj. (6) - OLD
1 (elders) [pl.] people of greater age, experience and authority: Children have no respect for their elders nowadays. + the village elders (= the old and respected people of the village) + Traditions were passed on by the elders of the tribe.
2 (my, etc. elder) [sing.] (formal) a person older than me, etc: He is her elder by several years.
3 [C] an official in some Christian churches
4 [C] a small tree with white flowers with a sweet smell (elderflowers) and bunches of small black berries (elderberries)
Idioms: your elders and betters people who are older and wiser than you and whom you should respect
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