1. Oldest; longest in duration.
2. Born or living first, or before the others, as a son, daughter, brother, etc.; first in origin. See Elder. “My lady's eldest son.”
Their eldest historians are of suspected credit. --Bp. Stillingfleet.
Eldest hand Card Playing, the player on the dealer's left hand.
adj : first in order of birth; "the firstborn child" [syn: firstborn]
n : the offspring who came first in the order of birth [syn: firstborn]