elder statesman

an influential citizen, often a retired high official, whose advice is sought by government leaders.
any influential member of a company, group, etc., whose advice is respected.
Japanese History. any of the political leaders who retired from official office but continued to exert a strong influence in the government and who controlled the emperor's privy council, especially in the period 1898–1914.


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elder statesman
an old, experienced, and eminent person, esp a politician, whose advice is often sought

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Instead, he has become an odd mixture of elder statesman and self-conscious third-world pop star.
In his later years, he was highly respected as an elder statesman and actively involved in historic preservation issues.
He served as an elder statesman, advising presidents and meeting world leaders.
As the crowd roared its approval, the elder statesman collapsed to the floor.
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