Definition of elderly in English:

elderly

adjective

  • 1(of a person) old or ageing.

    ‘an elderly relative’
    as plural noun the elderly ‘specialist services for the elderly’
    • ‘It would exclude blood relatives such as an elderly brother and sister living together.’
    • ‘If you have an elderly neighbour or relative, look out for them in the winter months.’
    • ‘It was being driven by an elderly lady with grey hair and had a female passenger with long, dark hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Quite frankly, it disgusts me and I do not feel enough is done for elderly people.’
    • ‘Police are hunting for a gang of burglars who are targeting elderly people in west Wiltshire.’
    • ‘This could lead to more elderly people being forced to stay in emergency beds, with nowhere to go.’
    • ‘Bogus callers are using a new scam to trick their way into the homes of elderly people in Chelmsford.’
    • ‘Running post offices for the benefit of elderly people is not cost effective, so go they must.’
    • ‘Looking at this situation there is a real risk to elderly people and their welfare must be a priority.’
    • ‘In addition, an increased number of elderly people would like to remain in their own homes.’
    • ‘The article states that there are plans to cut travel passes for elderly people.’
    • ‘The dogs were bred as guide dogs for elderly people who suffered from allergies.’
    • ‘It also has a night centre where elderly people with dementia can be cared for.’
    • ‘The scheme is aimed at getting elderly people out of their homes and into a social environment.’
    • ‘It was used on Saturday and Monday and the card users were described as three elderly people.’
    • ‘The surrounding houses and flats are occupied by elderly people and young families.’
    • ‘To abandon elderly people for weeks on end in a hospital bed they no longer need strips them of dignity.’
    • ‘One urgent aspect the committee needs to look at is access for disabled and elderly people.’
    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’

Pronunciation

elderly

/ˈɛldəli/