no·​na·​ge·​nar·​i·​an ˌnō-nə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce nonagenarian (audio)
: a person whose age is in the nineties
nonagenarian adjective

Examples of nonagenarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nonagenarian, who remains at No. 3 with a net worth of $16.2 billion, is the second-oldest person on the list. Naazneen Karmali, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The high-profile suit threatens to further mar the legacy of Murdoch as the nonagenarian enters the twilight of his career and comes in the wake of multiple damaging lawsuits against Fox News, the highly profitable crown jewel of his global media empire. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024 What Sammy couldn’t possibly have counted on is the arrival of Helen (Lois Smith), a nonagenarian who claims the Wrights’ house was once hers. Stephen Saito, Variety, 12 Mar. 2024 Her home reflects the nonagenarian’s storied and proud life. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 28 Feb. 2024 The nonagenarian remains at No. 3 with a net worth of $16.2 billion. Forbes Press Releases, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 When regal nonagenarian, Ms. Della, invites her to rent the bottom floor of her Harlem brownstone, Ricki jumps at the chance for a fresh beginning. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023 The nonagenarian started his foundation in 1980 and has since given away more than HK$30 billion, with the bulk of the funds going to education and healthcare. Rana Wehbe Watson, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Pelosi said critics of octogenarians like herself and Biden and nonagenarians like Feinstein need to appreciate that the test is in the ability to do the job, not one’s age. Amy B Wang, Marianna Sotomayor, Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Latin nonagenarius containing ninety, from nonageni ninety each, from nonaginta ninety, from nona- (akin to novem nine) + -ginta (akin to viginti twenty) — more at nine, vigesimal

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonagenarian was in 1804

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“Nonagenarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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