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Elder vs. Younger: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 6, 2023
Elder refers to someone older in age or seniority, while Younger denotes someone of a lesser age or junior status.

Key Differences

The terms Elder and Younger are comparative in nature, primarily dealing with age. Elder implies someone who is older in age than another, often used in the context of siblings or members of a group. For instance, in a family with multiple children, the first-born would be the elder sibling. On the other hand, Younger points to someone who is not as old, the antithesis of elder. It's the term you'd use to describe a sibling who was born after another.
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Elder, apart from age, also carries connotations of respect and wisdom in various cultures. Elders are often revered for their life experiences, regarded as a source of guidance. Younger, while mainly age-centric, can sometimes denote inexperience or naivety. It's not just about the number of years lived but the life lessons that come with those years.
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When considering seniority, especially in societies or organizations, Elder can refer to someone who holds a position longer or has more experience. Younger, in the same vein, might refer to newcomers or those with less experience. For instance, an elder member of a committee might have been part of it for years, while a younger member just joined recently.
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Oct 06, 2023
Interestingly, the terms can also be found in titles or formal address. 'Elder' might be used as a formal title in religious or social groups to denote a senior member. Younger, while less common in this usage, can sometimes be found in historical contexts or lineage documentation, differentiating between two members of the same name in a family line.
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Oct 06, 2023

Comparison Chart

Primary Reference

Older in age or seniority
Lesser in age or juniority
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Cultural Implication

Often associated with respect and wisdom
Sometimes linked with inexperience or naivety
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Context of Usage

Can be used in terms of age, position, or experience
Primarily used for age but can denote lesser tenure
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Titles

Used as a formal title in certain groups
Rarely used as a title, more for differentiation
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Comparison

Relative to someone younger
Relative to someone older
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Elder and Younger Definitions

Elder

Indicating advanced age.
She is the elder of the two sisters.
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Younger

Used to denote junior status.
She's the younger officer among the two.
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Elder

Used to differentiate between two with the same name in a lineage.
John Smith, elder, was distinguished from his son, John Smith.
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Younger

Indicating not as advanced in age.
Bob is younger than Susan.
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Elder

Greater than another in age or seniority.
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Younger

Less experienced or new to a position.
The younger member of the board is full of innovative ideas.
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Elder

(Archaic) Superior to another or others, as in rank.
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Younger

A person who is of lesser age than another.
Lily is the younger sibling in her family.
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Elder

An older person.
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Younger

Differentiating between two with the same name in lineage.
Henry Bolton, younger, followed in the footsteps of his father, Henry Bolton.
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Elder

An older, influential member of a family, tribe, or community.
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Younger

Being in an early period of life, development, or growth.
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Elder

One of the governing officers of a church, often having pastoral or teaching functions.
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Younger

Newly begun or formed; not advanced
A young biotech company.
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Elder

Mormon Church A member of the higher order of priesthood.
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Younger

Relating to, typical of, or suggestive of youth or early life
He is young for his age.
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Elder

See elderberry.
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Younger

Lacking experience; immature
A young hand at plowing.
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Elder

Inflection of old: older, greater than another in age or seniority.
The elder of the two was also an elder statesman
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Younger

Being the junior of two people having the same name.
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Elder

An older person or an older member, usually a leader, of some community.
We were presented to the village elder.
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Younger

(Geology) Being of an early stage in a geologic cycle. Used of bodies of water and land formations.
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Elder

One who is older than another.
Respect your elders.
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Younger

Young persons considered as a group; youth
Entertainment for the young.
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Elder

One who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
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Younger

Offspring; brood
A lioness with her young.
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Elder

An officer of a church, sometimes having teaching responsibilities.
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Younger

One who is younger than another.
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Elder

A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments.
A travelling elder
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Younger

Younger brother or sister;
Little brother
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Elder

One ordained to the lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood.
After being a member of the Church for a while, Bill was ordained to the office of elder.
Jack had been an elder for only a few days when he received a new calling.
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Younger

Used of the younger of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a son from his father;
John Junior
John Smith, Jr.
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Elder

Male missionary.
The elders are coming over for dinner tonight.
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Elder

Title for a male missionary; title for a general authority.
One of the long-time leaders in the Church is Elder Packer.
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Elder

(Germanic paganism) A pagan or Heathen priest or priestess.
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Elder

A small tree, Sambucus nigra, having white flowers in a cluster, and edible purple berries
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Elder

Any of the other species of the genus Sambucus: small trees, shrubs or herbaceous perennials with red, purple, or white/yellow berries (some of which are poisonous).
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Elder

A cow's udder, especially used as food.
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Elder

(Quakerism) To admonish or reprove for improper conduct by the elders of the meeting.
I was eldered for directly responding to someone else's message in meeting for worship.
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Elder

Older; more aged, or existing longer.
Let the elder men among us emulate their own earlier deeds.
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Elder

Born before another; prior in years; senior; earlier; older; as, his elder brother died in infancy; - opposed to younger, and now commonly applied to a son, daughter, child, brother, etc.
The elder shall serve the younger.
But ask of elder days, earth's vernal hour.
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Elder

One who is older; a superior in age; a senior.
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Elder

An aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor.
Carry your head as your elders have done.
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Elder

A person who, on account of his age, occupies the office of ruler or judge; hence, a person occupying any office appropriate to such as have the experience and dignity which age confers; as, the elders of Israel; the elders of the synagogue; the elders in the apostolic church.
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Elder

A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder.
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Elder

A genus of shrubs (Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.
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Elder

A person who is older than you are
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Elder

Any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit
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Elder

Any of various church officers
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Elder

Used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son;
Bill Adams, Sr.
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Elder

Older brother or sister;
Big sister
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Elder

A person who is older than another.
James is the elder brother in his family.
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Elder

A senior figure or leader in certain religious or social groups.
The community sought advice from the elder.
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Elder

Someone with more experience or tenure.
As the elder employee, he mentored the newcomers.
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FAQs

Is "elder" always about age?

Primarily, yes, but it can also denote seniority or experience.
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Can "younger" refer to inexperience?

Yes, it can denote someone less experienced or new to a position.
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Can "elder" be used for non-human entities?

Yes, for instance, "the elder tree" in a forest.
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Are these terms relative?

Yes, they're used comparatively; one is elder or younger relative to another person.
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Is "elder" a title in any communities?

Yes, in some religious or social groups, "elder" denotes a senior member.
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Is "younger" used in any formal titles?

Rarely, but it can be used in historical contexts or lineage differentiation.
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How are "elder" and "younger" used in families?

Typically to indicate older or younger siblings respectively.
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Which term indicates respect or wisdom?

"Elder" often carries connotations of respect and wisdom.
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