Definitions

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  • n. Authority; dominion.
  • n. Preeminence; superiority.
  • n. The authority, rule, or office of an elder.
  • n. The state of being an elder, or of being older; elderhood.
  • n. The role or influence of an elder or elders.

Etymologies

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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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