Adjective · Comparative of presbus (elderly)

Comparative of πρέσβυς présbys (elderly); older; as noun, a senior; specially, an Israelite Sanhedrist (also figuratively, member of the celestial council) or Christian "presbyter":—elder(-est), old.


  1. elder, of age,
    1. the elder of two people
    2. advanced in life, an elder, a senior
      1. forefathers
  2. a term of rank or office
    1. among the Jews
      1. members of the great council or Sanhedrin (because in early times the rulers of the people, judges, etc., were selected from elderly men)
      2. of those who in separate cities managed public affairs and administered justice
    2. among the Christians, those who presided over the assemblies (or churches) The NT uses the term bishop, elders, and presbyters interchangeably
    3. the twenty four members of the heavenly Sanhedrin or court seated on thrones around the throne of God

Usages (1/2)

Acts 2:17

Quoting Joel 2:28

¶ And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

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