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E'ldest. adj. The superlative of eld, now changed to old. [alꝺ, alꝺoꞃ, alꝺꞅꞇ, Saxon.]

  1. The oldest; the child that has the right of primogeniture.

                    We will establish our estate upon
    Our eldest Malcolm, whom we name hereafter
    The prince of Cumberland.
    Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    The mother's and her eldest daughter's grace,
    It seems, had brib'd him to prolong their space.

  2. The person that has lived most years.

    Eldest parents signifies either the oldest men and women that have had children, or those who have longest had issue. Locke.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Saxon (215)

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