Definition of Eldest

1. Noun. The offspring who came first in the order of birth.

Exact synonyms: Firstborn
Generic synonyms: Issue, Offspring, Progeny
Derivative terms: Firstborn



2. Adjective. First in order of birth. "The firstborn child"
Exact synonyms: Firstborn
Similar to: First
Derivative terms: Firstborn

Definition of Eldest

1. a. Oldest; longest in duration.

Definition of Eldest

1. Adjective. (superlative of old); greatest in age or seniority. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Eldest

1. oldest [adj] - See also: oldest

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Eldest

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elderflowers
elderhood
elderish
elderlies
elderliness
elderlinesses
elderly
eldern
elders
eldership
elderships
elderwed
elderweds
elderwort
eldest (current term)
eldest hand
eldfather
eldfathers
eldin
elding
eldings
eldins
eldmother
eldmothers
eldning
eldorado
eldren
eldress
eldresses

Literary usage of Eldest

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"eldest sonĀ» of the younger sons of peers were ranked before the eldest sons of knights by order of the earl marshal, 18th March, 1615, and before the eldest ..."

2. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1879)
"but his heir apparent, who may be the eldest son, or the eldest surviving son, or the eldest or eldest surviving son of either. On the other hand, ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1844)
"But, under a devise to a man for life, 'with remainder to his second, third, and other sons successively, " except the first or eldest son," this remainder ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, Thomas McIntyre Cooley (1872)
"The eldest sons of knights, and their eldest sons in perpetual succession : (w) 2. The eldest sons of younger sons of peers, and their eldest sons in like ..."

5. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"eldest sons of Dukes of Blood Royal. Marquesses, in same order as Dukes. Dukes' eldest Sons. ... Barons' eldest Sons. Knights of the Garter if Commoners. ..."

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