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- noun The authority,
rule, or officeof an elder.
- noun The state of being an elder, or of being older;
- noun The role or influence of an elder or elders.
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From Middle English *elderdom, from Old English ealdordōm ("greatness, power, authority, lordship, eldership, rule, dominion, magistracy, principality, superiority, preeminence, primacy, government, any official position involving command of others, beginning"), equivalent to elder + -dom.
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