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    Nov 6, 2006, 08:34 AM
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    What is the difference in usage between eldest and oldest?
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    Nov 14, 2006, 10:45 AM
    Eldest is like oldest man in a place say the quiuck tribe as oldest can mean oldest cat person I
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    Nov 14, 2006, 10:51 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by algre
    what is the difference in usage between eldest and oldest?
    They are synonyms, no signifcant difference.
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    Nov 14, 2006, 10:55 AM
    "Elder and eldest generally apply to persons, unlike older and oldest, which also apply to things. Elder and eldest are used principally with reference to seniority: elder sister, elder statesman, John the Elder. "

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