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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.
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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
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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.
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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?"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

elderly

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
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elderly

adjective
Far along in life or time:
Idiom: getting along in years.
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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
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elderly

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

adjältlich, ältere(r, s) attr
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elderly

[ˈɛldəlɪ]
1. adjanziano/a
2. npl the elderlygli anziani
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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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
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elderly

adv. de avanzada edad.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

elderly

adj de edad avanzada, mayor
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