Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Seniority; the state or condition of being older.
  • n. The position or office of being an elder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being older; seniority.
  • n. Office of an elder; collectively, a body of elders.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Seniority; the state of being older.
  • n. The office of an elder: as, he was elected to the eldership.
  • n. A body or an order of elders.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the office of elder

Etymologies

From elder +‎ -ship. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [279] [In some editions of the Genevan version the word "eldership" is thus explained in the margin: "Under this name he containeth the whole ministerie of the church which was at Ephesus."] [280] Assertion of the Government of the Church of Scotland, 1641, pp. 128-130, 136-147.

    The Scottish Reformation Its Epochs, Episodes, Leaders, and Distinctive Characteristics

  • "AgeSong's nationally recognized approach to building design and programming is reflected throughout the building and redefines the concept of" eldership "with architecture and landscaping that affirm the residents 'dignity and wisdom," said Massih.

    FinanzNachrichten.de: Aktuelle Nachrichten

  • I am privileged to be thought of as a senior staffer at this point, and to provide some significant part of the eldership our organization honors.

    Peter Clothier: Men's Warrior Weekend

  • I think part of the problem is the lost sense that the priesthood/pastor/eldership is a CALLING and not a job.

    You cannot serve two masters

  • Stuarts; also against the infringements and invasions of the just powers of eldership, whereanent, I uttered my paper, called a

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • And you have a double reason to do so, both from eldership and from the offence so studiously given to one in affliction.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • What confirmed me in this, was, that the younger lady was a good deal more free when her sister was withdrawn, than when she was present; and again pursed-up her really pretty mouth when she re-turned: and her sister addressed her always by the word child, with an air of eldership; while the other called her sister, with a look of observance.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • "They do not prefer to eldership out of the land of Israel: no, not although they that do prefer, have themselves been preferred within the land."

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • And both these, the authority of the eldership and the consent of the brethren, are necessary to the validity of the sentence, and that according to the appointment of

    A Brief Instruction in the Worship of God

  • In St. Cuthbert's, the pride of eldership was chiefly vested in their wives and daughters.

    St. Cuthbert's

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