- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛldɚli/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛldəli/
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- Hyphenation: eld‧er‧ly
- old; having lived for relatively many years.
- Of an object, being old-fashioned or frail due to aging.
- 1988, Anne Tyler, chapter 1, in Breathing Lessons:
- The car was parked toward the rear of the shop, an elderly gray-blue Dodge. It looked better than it had in years.
- (having lived for relatively many years): elder, old; see also Thesaurus:elderly
- (of an object: old-fashioned): dated, outworn; see also Thesaurus:obsolete
- (of an object: frail): decrepit, timeworn; see also Thesaurus:deteriorated
elderly (plural elderlies)
- an elderly person
- (the elderly) older people as a whole