Definition of elderly in English:



  • 1(of a person) old or ageing.

    ‘an elderly relative’
    ‘specialist services for the elderly’
    • ‘The scheme is aimed at getting elderly people out of their homes and into a social environment.’
    • ‘Looking at this situation there is a real risk to elderly people and their welfare must be a priority.’
    • ‘It would exclude blood relatives such as an elderly brother and sister living together.’
    • ‘The surrounding houses and flats are occupied by elderly people and young families.’
    • ‘It was used on Saturday and Monday and the card users were described as three elderly people.’
    • ‘In addition, an increased number of elderly people would like to remain in their own homes.’
    • ‘It was being driven by an elderly lady with grey hair and had a female passenger with long, dark hair.’
    • ‘It also has a night centre where elderly people with dementia can be cared for.’
    • ‘To abandon elderly people for weeks on end in a hospital bed they no longer need strips them of dignity.’
    • ‘Two historic almshouses have been put up for sale as they are no longer suitable for elderly people.’
    • ‘The article states that there are plans to cut travel passes for elderly people.’
    • ‘The dogs were bred as guide dogs for elderly people who suffered from allergies.’
    • ‘Bogus callers are using a new scam to trick their way into the homes of elderly people in Chelmsford.’
    • ‘This could lead to more elderly people being forced to stay in emergency beds, with nowhere to go.’
    • ‘Running post offices for the benefit of elderly people is not cost effective, so go they must.’
    • ‘Police are now warning other elderly people in Blackley to be on their guard against the crooks.’
    • ‘Police are hunting for a gang of burglars who are targeting elderly people in west Wiltshire.’
    • ‘One urgent aspect the committee needs to look at is access for disabled and elderly people.’
    • ‘If you have an elderly neighbour or relative, look out for them in the winter months.’
    • ‘Quite frankly, it disgusts me and I do not feel enough is done for elderly people.’
    aged, old, mature, older, senior, ancient, venerable
    old people, older people, elderly people, elders, geriatrics, senior citizens, pensioners, old-age pensioners, oaps, retired people
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    1. 1.1 (of a machine or similar object) showing signs of age.
      ‘a couple of elderly cars’
      • ‘It ran perfectly and I had pictured some happy teenage boy with my elderly car having fun and the charity getting close to $700 for it.’
      • ‘` Hang on, ' said Kevin, switching on the rather elderly computer in the little study area under the stairs.’
      • ‘The elderly machine has a special place in his heart as it was what he learned to code on.’
      • ‘Spilled paint of many colors had ran down the rear bumper of the elderly truck.’
      • ‘Rain, when driving talent is at a premium, has been a great leveller for the young driver in his elderly car.’