Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Greatest in age or seniority.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Oldest; most advanced in age; that was born first: as, the eldest son or daughter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Oldest; longest in duration.
  • adjective Born or living first, or before the others, as a son, daughter, brother, etc.; first in origin. See Elder.
  • adjective (Card Playing) the player on the dealer's left hand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective superlative form of old: most old.; greatest in age or seniority.

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

  • noun the offspring who came first in the order of birth
  • adjective first in order of birth

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English eldesta; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

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