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Elder vs Elderly

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Created Date: Sun 20 Jan 2013

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What's the difference between the two words ELDER and ELDERLY? Do they have the same meaning?

 

Answer:
Elder is used for someone who is superior to another or others.
Example:
My elder brother has got married. (talking about my brother who is older than I am but not necessarily an old man)
The elder lecturers in my university were really experienced. (talking about the lecturers who had got long years of work experience. It's not necessary that they had to be old people. They were just people who had worked there for a really long period of time compared to the others)

Elderly is used for AGED people.
Example:
His elderly brother has passed away. (talking about his brother who might be either older or younger than he is and DEFINITELY an old man)
The phrase "The elderly" is used to refer to a group of old citizens.


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