E'ldership. n.s. [from elder.]
- Seniority; primogeniture.
That all should Alibech adore, 'tis true;
But some respect is to my birthright due:
My claim to her by eldership I prove. Dryden's Ind. Emp.
Nor were the eldership
Of Artaxerxes worth our least of fears,
If Memnon's interest did not prop his cause. Rowe.
- Presbytery; ecclesiastical senate; kirk-session.
Here were the seeds sown of that controversy which sprang up between Beza and Erastus, about the matter of excommunications; whether there ought to be in all churches an eldership, having power to excommunicate, and a part of that eldership to be of necessity certain chosen out from amongst the laity for that purpose. Hooker, Preface.