From Middle English elde, from Old English ieldu, eldo, ieldo (“age, period of time; period; time of life, years; mature or old age, eld; an age of the world, era, epoch”), from Proto-Germanic *alþį̄ (“eld, age”), from *aldaz (“grown up, mature, old”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eltós, from *h₂el- (“to raise, feed”). Cognate with Scots eild (“age”), North Frisian jelde (“age”), German Älte (“age”), Danish ælde (“eld, age”), Icelandic elli (“eld, age”). Related also to Gothic ???? (alds, “generation, age”), Old English alan (“to grow up, nourish”). More at old.
- (rare or dialectal) One's age, age in years, period of life.
- (archaic or poetic) Old age, senility; an old person.
- (archaic or poetic) Time; an age, an indefinitely long period of time.
- (archaic or poetic) Former ages, antiquity, olden times.
eld (comparative elder, superlative eldest)
- (obsolete) Old.
eld (third-person singular simple present elds, present participle elding, simple past and past participle elded)
- (intransitive, archaic, poetic or dialectal) To age, become or grow old.
- (intransitive, archaic or poetic) To delay; linger.
- (transitive, archaic or poetic) To make old, age.