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elderly

[el-der-lee] /ˈɛl dər li/
adjective
1.
of advanced age; old:
discounts for elderly patrons.
2.
of or relating to persons in later life.
noun
3.
(used with a plural verb) elderly people collectively; senior citizens (usually preceded by the):
Doctors recommend that young children and the elderly get vaccinated.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; elder1 + -ly
Related forms
elderliness, noun
nonelderly, noun
unelderly, adjective
Synonyms
1. See old.
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British Dictionary definitions for elderliness

elderly

/ˈɛldəlɪ/
adjective (of people)
1.
  1. quite old; past middle age
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the elderly, related adjective geriatric
Derived Forms
elderliness, noun
Usage note
Referring to any group using the formula the elderly, the disabled is nowadays felt to be inappropriate because it glosses over people's individuality and perpetuates stereotypes. It is preferable to use phrases such as disabled people and so forth. Many people also prefer to talk about older rather than elderly people for similar reasons
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Word Origin and History for elderliness

elderly

adj.

1610s, from elder + -ly (1). Old English ealdorlic meant "chief, princely, excellent, authentic." Old English also had related eldernliche "of old time," literally "forefatherly."

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