Definition of elderly in US English:



  • 1(of a person) old or aging.

    ‘she was elderly and silver-haired’
    ‘teams of volunteers to carry out home repairs for the elderly’
    • ‘Police are hunting for a gang of burglars who are targeting elderly people in west Wiltshire.’
    • ‘To abandon elderly people for weeks on end in a hospital bed they no longer need strips them of dignity.’
    • ‘The surrounding houses and flats are occupied by elderly people and young families.’
    • ‘The article states that there are plans to cut travel passes for elderly people.’
    • ‘Bogus callers are using a new scam to trick their way into the homes of elderly people in Chelmsford.’
    • ‘Police are now warning other elderly people in Blackley to be on their guard against the crooks.’
    • ‘Two historic almshouses have been put up for sale as they are no longer suitable for elderly people.’
    • ‘It would exclude blood relatives such as an elderly brother and sister living together.’
    • ‘The scheme is aimed at getting elderly people out of their homes and into a social environment.’
    • ‘The dogs were bred as guide dogs for elderly people who suffered from allergies.’
    • ‘If you have an elderly neighbour or relative, look out for them in the winter months.’
    • ‘It also has a night centre where elderly people with dementia can be cared for.’
    • ‘It was being driven by an elderly lady with grey hair and had a female passenger with long, dark hair.’
    • ‘It was used on Saturday and Monday and the card users were described as three elderly people.’
    • ‘Looking at this situation there is a real risk to elderly people and their welfare must be a priority.’
    • ‘This could lead to more elderly people being forced to stay in emergency beds, with nowhere to go.’
    • ‘In addition, an increased number of elderly people would like to remain in their own homes.’
    • ‘One urgent aspect the committee needs to look at is access for disabled and elderly people.’
    • ‘Quite frankly, it disgusts me and I do not feel enough is done for elderly people.’
    • ‘Running post offices for the benefit of elderly people is not cost effective, so go they must.’
    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’
      • ‘Spilled paint of many colors had ran down the rear bumper of the elderly truck.’
      • ‘` 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.’
      • ‘Rain, when driving talent is at a premium, has been a great leveller for the young driver in his elderly car.’
      • ‘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.’