from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A prominent, highly experienced older man, especially one acting as an unofficial adviser.
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- n. a term of respect for an elderly and prominent person
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- n. an elderly statesman whose advice is sought be government leaders
- n. any influential person whose advice is highly respected
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Even if baseball was slow to address the issues of The Mitchell Report, the appointment of such an elder statesman can give credibility and a huge, publicly-supported boost to the effort.
Ainsleigh, the self-proclaimed elder statesman of the group, had undertaken to chaperon the youngsters with his wife.
Eliphalet Dyer, an elder statesman from Connecticut who had served sporadically in Congress since 1774, captured the sense of despair.
Jerome Bruner, an elder statesman in educational psychology, made the same point in his 1996 book, The Culture of Education:
Sitting down at his desk, he watched as the Federation graphic was replaced with another image—that of Admiral Edrich, the gray-haired elder statesman of Starfleet Command.