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
“We prefer that the word elderly not be used at all,” reports Tom Otwell at the American Association of Retired Persons.
Palins suggestion of DEATH PANELS regarding her son or the elderly is as childish as 1st grade antics
A comment about treatment for the elderly is absolutely ridiculous.
When I look at the big elder care liabilities looming over most developed nations, I cannot help but think a plot to kill off the elderly is the next hot conspiracy theory.
I believe that the need for saving has grown tremendously over the past century, primarily because the lifespan has lengthened and more medical care for the elderly is available and desired.
Supplying daycare services for the elderly is a business that is certain to continue to grow in the coming decades.
His war against the elderly is a scik and twisted as it comes, and his desire to take the honest labor of men who do the right thing to give to a loathsome hoard of takers is reprehensible.
I for one am rather glad of this at the moment - given how easily people crash terrestrial vehicles now I'm not sure airborne teens/distracted mothers/blackberry users/the elderly is a good idea.
Caring for the elderly is a financial, emotional and psychological burden.
When asked whether the government has a responsibility to protect the poor, if caring for the elderly is a government duty, and if civil rights are threatened by the war on terror, the surveyed Americans and Canadians largely agreed.