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eldern

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English eldern, eldrin, elderne, equivalent to elder +‎ -en.

Alternative formsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

eldern (comparative more eldern, superlative most eldern)

  1. (of persons) Elder; elderly; aged; old.
  2. (of things) Not new; old; ancient.

Etymology 2Edit

From an alteration (due to elder) of Middle English ellern (eldern), from Old English ellærn, ellarn (of elder-wood, eldern), equivalent to elder +‎ -en.

AdjectiveEdit

eldern (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Made of elder.
    He would discharge us as boys do eldern guns. — Marston.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.