Ell vs Eld - What's the difference?

ell | eld |

As a pronoun ell

is (third-person masculine pronoun).

As a noun eld is

(rare|or|dialectal) one's age, age in years, period of life.

As an adjective eld is

(obsolete) old.

As a verb eld is

(intransitive|archaic|poetic|or|dialectal) to age, become or grow old.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) eln “unit of measure of 45 inches,” originally “length of the forearm,” from Proto-Indo-European .


(en noun)
  • A measure for cloth. An English ell' equals 1.25 yards, whereas a Scottish ' ell measures only 1.0335 yards (http://www.onlineunitconversion.com). A Flemish ell measured three quarters, (27 inches).
  • Etymology 2

    From the name of the letter L


    (en noun)
  • An extension usually at right angles to one end of a building.
  • Something that is L-shaped.
  • eld


    Alternative forms

    * * (l), (l), (l), (l) (Scotland)


  • (rare, or, dialectal) One's age, age in years, period of life.
  • * 1868 , John Eadie, A Biblical cyclopædia :
  • The experience of many years gave old men peculiar qualification for various offices; and elders, or men of a ripe or advanced eld or age, were variously employed under the Mosaic law.
  • * 1913 , Paulist Fathers, Catholic world :
  • Promptly appeared a paragon, aged twenty-five or thereabouts, and exhibiting all the steadiness and serenity of advanced eld .
  • (archaic, or, poetic) Old age, senility; an old person.
  • * 1912', Herbert Van Allen Ferguson, ''Rhymes of '''eld :
  • The withered limbs of eld , the thin, gray hair [...]
  • * 1912 , Arthur S. Way, translating Euripides, Medea , Heinemann 1946, p. 329:
  • the alien wife / No crown of honour was as eld drew on.
  • * 1904 , , The Sun's Shame , II, lines 1-3
  • ''As some true chief of men, bowed down with stress
    ''Of life's disastrous eld , on blossoming youth
    ''May gaze, and murmur with self-pity and ruth, -
  • (archaic, or, poetic) Time; an age, an indefinitely long period of time.
  • (archaic, or, poetic) Former ages, antiquity, olden times.
  • * 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 38:
  • Once adown the dewy way a youthful cavalier spurred with a maiden mounted behind him, swiftly passing out of sight, recalling to the imagination some romance of eld , when the damosel fled with her lover.


  • (obsolete) Old.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (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.
  • References

    * 1906, The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, "eld".


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