One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of one out of a group of related or otherwise associated people) of the greatest age; oldest.‘Swift left the company to his eldest son, Charles’‘he was the eldest of the three’
oldest, first, firstborn, most grown up, big, biggestView synonyms
- ‘Former South African president Nelson Mandela has revealed that his eldest son has died of Aids.’
- ‘Their parents' expectations may be very high and the eldest child may have the most expected from them.’
Old English ieldest, eldest, of Germanic origin; related to German ältest, also to eld and old.
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