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eld·er·ly

 (ĕl′dər-lē)
adj.
1. Being past middle age and approaching old age; rather old.
2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of older persons or life in later years.
n.
1. pl. eld·er·lies An elderly person.
2. pl. elderly (used with a pl. verb) Older people considered as a group. Often used with the: special recreational programs for the elderly.

el′der·li·ness n.
Usage Note: Elderly applies to the stage of life well past middle age. When used as a noun in referring to older persons in general, it is relatively neutral, denoting a group of people whose common characteristic is advanced age: policy issues of special interest to the elderly. However, when used as an adjective in describing a particular person, elderly has a range of connotations that go beyond the denotation of chronological age. On the one hand it can suggest dignity, and its somewhat formal tone may express respect: sat next to an elderly gentleman at the concert. On the other hand it can imply frailty or diminished capacity, in which case it may sound condescending: was stuck in traffic behind an elderly driver. Regardless of other connotations, a phrase such as the elderly couple in the second row suggests greater age than if the couple were described as older. See Usage Note at senior.

elderly

(ˈɛldəlɪ)
(of people) adj
a. quite old; past middle age
b. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the elderly. geriatric
ˈelderliness n
Usage: Referring to any group using the formula the elderly, the disabled is nowadays felt to be inappropriate because it glosses over people's individuality and perpetuates stereotypes. It is preferable to use phrases such as disabled people and so forth. Many people also prefer to talk about older rather than elderly people for similar reasons

eld•er•ly

(ˈɛl dər li)

adj.
1. approaching old age.
2. of or pertaining to persons in later life.
n.
3. the elderly, elderly persons collectively.
[1605–15]
eld′er•li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elderly - people who are old collectivelyelderly - people who are old collectively; "special arrangements were available for the aged"
age bracket, age group, cohort - a group of people having approximately the same age
Adj.1.elderly - advanced in yearselderly - advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables); "aged members of the society"; "elderly residents could remember the construction of the first skyscraper"; "senior citizen"
old - (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age; "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you?"

elderly

adjective
1. old, aged, ageing, ancient, mature, past it, venerable, patriarchal, grey-haired, geriatric (derogatory), getting on, over the hill (informal), grizzled, decrepit, hoary, superannuated, long in the tooth (informal), grey, doddery, senescent, advanced in years, full of years, past your prime There was an elderly couple on the terrace.
plural noun
1. old people, pensioners, senior citizens, geriatrics (derogatory), OAPs, retired people, old age pensioners, wrinklies (informal, derogatory) The elderly are a formidable force in any election.
Related words
adjective geriatric

elderly

adjective
Far along in life or time:
Idiom: getting along in years.
Translations
كَهْل، مُسِن، مُتَقَدِّم في السِّنمُسِنّ
postarší
ældre
iäkäs
stariji
roskinn, yfir miîjum aldri
年配の
나이가 지긋한
postarší
starejši ljudje
äldre
สูงวัย
yaşını başını almışyaşlıcayaşlılar
cao tuổi

elderly

[ˈeldəlɪ]
A. ADJmayor, de edad
an elderly gentlemanun señor mayor, un caballero de edad avanzada
an elderly manun anciano
to be getting elderlyir para viejo
B. NPL the elderlylas personas mayores, los ancianos

elderly

[ˈɛldərli]
adjâgé(e)
npl
the elderly → les personnes fpl âgéeselder statesman nvétéran m de la politique

elderly

adjältlich, ältere(r, s) attr

elderly

[ˈɛldəlɪ]
1. adjanziano/a
2. npl the elderlygli anziani

elder1

(ˈeldə) adjective
(often of members of a family) older; senior. He has three elder sisters; He is the elder of the two.
noun
1. a person who is older. Take the advice of your elders.
2. an office-bearer in Presbyterian churches.
ˈelderly adjective
(rather) old. an elderly lady.
ˈeldest adjective
oldest. She is the eldest of the three children.
the elderly
people who are (rather) old. It is important for the elderly to take some exercise.

elderly

مُسِنّ postarší ældre ältlich ηλικιωμένος anciano iäkäs âgé stariji anziano 年配の 나이가 지긋한 bejaard tilårskommen starszy idoso пожилой äldre สูงวัย yaşlılar cao tuổi 年过中年的

elderly

adv. de avanzada edad.

elderly

adj de edad avanzada, mayor
References in classic literature ?
Clements encountered, not Lady Glyde, but a tall, stout, elderly gentleman, with a book in his hand--in other words, Count Fosco.
Twenty feet away, a stout, elderly woman interrupted the girl's persuasions.
The elderly lady who had been sitting with the old aunt rose hurriedly and overtook Prince Vasili in the anteroom.
Hail to its belly, If it had e'er A such loveliest oasis-belly As this is: though however I doubt about it, --With this come I out of Old-Europe, That doubt'th more eagerly than doth any Elderly married woman.
The elderly, respectable seaman, withdrawing his gaze from that multitude of spars, gave me a glance to make sure of our fellowship in the craft and mystery of the sea.
Two days later Archer had assisted at the comedy of her reinstatement in the van der Luydens' favour, and had said to himself, with a touch of tartness, that a lady who knew how to thank all-powerful elderly gentlemen to such good purpose for a bunch of flowers did not need either the private consolations or the public championship of a young man of his small compass.
Hilbery was so rich in the gifts which make tea-parties of elderly distinguished people successful, that she scarcely needed any help from her daughter, provided that the tiresome business of teacups and bread and butter was discharged for her.
The little man, who sometimes brings an elderly sister to our meetings, and sometimes another female too, who is conscientious, I have no doubt, but not well-favoured?
Is all this precious time to be lavished on the matutinal repair and beautifying of an elderly person, who never goes abroad, whom nobody ever visits, and from whom, when she shall have done her utmost, it were the best charity to turn one's eyes another way?
Such names are given in the western "settlements" only to elderly persons who are not esteemed; to the general disrepute of social unworth is affixed the special reproach of age.
There was a rather noisy party of four gentlemen in a box by the fire-place, and only two other persons present--both elderly gentlemen, and both alone.
In the pew directly in front of us sat an elderly lady, plainly and cheaply dressed; at her side sat a young lady with a very sweet face, and she also was quite simply dressed; but around us and about us were clothes and jewels which it would do anybody's heart good to worship in.