Question by  steeep (12)

What is the origin of the word elder?

I need help with the word elder.


Answer by  patti (29325)

The word comes from the Middle English words eldre, elrene, ellerne and the Old English ellærn. Records of the use of the word elder date to the year 900.


Answer by  Phil97 (569)

Elder is the only surviving Umlaut comparison in English. It comes from the Old English word eald, ald "old," which was increased by the ending -er, making a comparative adjective.

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