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adjective elderly pronunciation in American English /ˈeldərli/
  1. an elderly person is old. Many people now think that this word is offensive but it is often used in talking about policies and conditions that affect old people

    An elderly gentleman was standing at the hotel counter.

    Not all elderly people can live with their relatives.

    This treatment is unsuitable for patients who are elderly and frail.

    1. a.

      the elderly

      old people. Many people now think that this expression is offensive.


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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