Elderdom definitions

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The authority, rule, or office of an elder.
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The state of being an elder, or of being older; elderhood.
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The role or influence of an elder or elders.
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Origin of elderdom

From Middle English *elderdom, alderdom, from Old English ealdordōm (“greatness, power, authority, lordship, eldership, rule, dominion, magistracy, principality, superiority, preeminence, primacy, government, any official position involving command of others, beginning”), equivalent to elder +‎ -dom. Cognate with West Frisian âlderdom (“eld, old age, antiquity”), Swedish ålderdom (“eld, age”).