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

  • adj. Being past middle age and approaching old age; rather old. See Usage Note at old.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of older persons or life in later years.
  • n. An elderly person.
  • n. Older people considered as a group. Often used with the: special recreational programs for the elderly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. old; having lived for relatively many years
  • n. an elderly person
  • n. older people as a whole

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat old; advanced beyond middle age; bordering on old age.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Somewhat old; advanced beyond middle age; bordering on old age: as, elderly people.
  • Synonyms Old, etc. See aged.

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

  • adj. advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables)
  • n. people who are old collectively


elder +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)



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