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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eldest  \Eld"est\,  a.  [AS.  yldest,  superl.  of  eald  old  See 
  {Elder},  a.] 
  1.  Oldest;  longest  in  duration.  --Shak. 
 
  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.''  --Shak. 
 
  Their  eldest  historians  are  of  suspected  credit. 
  --Bp. 
  Stillingfleet 
 
  {Eldest  hand}  (Card  Playing),  the  player  on  the  dealer's  left 
  hand.  --R.  A.  Proctor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  eldest 
  adj  :  first  in  order  of  birth;  "the  firstborn  child"  [syn:  {firstborn}] 
  n  :  the  offspring  who  came  first  in  the  order  of  birth  [syn:  {firstborn}] 




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