elder statesmen

elder statesman

noun
1.
an influential citizen, often a retired high official, whose advice is sought by government leaders.
2.
any influential member of a company, group, etc., whose advice is respected.
3.
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.

Origin:
1900–05

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

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