A prominent, highly experienced older man, especially one acting as an unofficial adviser.(noun)
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Use "elder statesman" in a sentence
"Eliphalet Dyer, an elder statesman from Connecticut who had served sporadically in Congress since 1774, captured the sense of despair."
"Jerome Bruner, an elder statesman in educational psychology, made the same point in his 1996 book, The Culture of Education:"
"Sitting down at his desk, he watched as the Federation graphic was replaced with another image—that of Admiral Edrich, the gray-haired elder statesman of Starfleet Command."