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Eldest, 1) == oldest: “your e. acquaintance cannot be three hours,” Tp. V, 186. “my youngest boy, and yet my e. care,” Err. I, 1, 125. “it hath the primal e. curse upon 't, a brother's murder,” Hml. III, 3, 37.
2) born before others, having the right of primogeniture: As I, 1, 47. I, 2, 133. Shr. Ind. 1, 84. I, 1, 185. II, 94. All's III, 5, 79. Tw. I, 5, 121. Wint. II, 1, 144. John I, 51. II, 177. H4A I, 1, 71. H4B II, 1, 114. H6B II, 2, 22. H6B II, 2, 22 V, 1, 49. H6C III, 3, 242. Tit. I, 103. Tit. I, 103 Mcb. I, 4, 38. Lr. V, 3, 291. Cymb. I, 1, 58. The eldest son a spoiled favourite: “like my lady's e. son, evermore tattling,” Ado II, 1, 10. “that blind priest, like the e. son of fortune, turns what he list,” H8 II, 2, 21; cf. Tw. I, 5, 121.
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