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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ELDERLY

"Everything in the world that you want," begged the elderly gentleman.

He smiled' at Miss Gregg, who was elderly and gray, but visibly his creature.

One was an elderly savage, with a wrinkled, shrewd countenance.

There was an elderly lady who insisted on telling John all about the gastric juices!

A body of elderly gentlemen charged with high duties and misdemeanors.

An elderly lady whom you do not happen to like; sometimes called, also, a hen, or cat.

An elderly spinster; boarders are her distraction as well as a source of income.

The parents here were elderly people: people of station, and rich.

We offered our arm to an elderly female of our acquaintance, who—dear old soul!

Frau Steinmann was, with other elderly ladies of the company, to spend the evening there.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, from elder + -ly (1). Old English ealdorlic meant "chief, princely, excellent, authentic." Old English also had related eldernliche "of old time," literally "forefatherly."

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