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Etymology 1Edit

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

Alternative formsEdit


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.


eldern (not comparable)

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

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for eldern in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)