Dutch term – Bejaard

In modern Dutch, the term bejaard means “senior” and a bejaarde is a senior citizen.

Before say 1800, the term bejaard or bejaerd was used to indicate that somebody had reached the age of majority. You can encounter the term in marriage records, which may call somebody an onbejaarde man [man who is not of age] or bejaerde dogter [woman/daughter who is of age].

women in traditional Frisian costumes

Elderly women in Kollum, 1950. Credits: J.D. Noske, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-0)

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