no·​na·​ge·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌnō-nə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce nonagenarian (audio) , ˌnä- \

Definition of nonagenarian

: a person whose age is in the nineties

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Recent Examples on the Web The title subject is Colette Marin Catherine, who, at the time of filming, was a nonagenarian. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2021 The nonagenarian is Malaysia’s most experienced statesman and a dangerous foe. The Economist, 23 May 2020 Watching this devoted, still energetic pair of nonagenarians prepare for their trip, navigate travel, work laptops, ensconce in apartments and hotels, do laundry, explore the sights and just generally support each other is a lovely thing to behold. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2020 Normally, a celebration lunch would have been offered to the nonagenarians. cleveland, 3 May 2020 This month, the nonagenarian celebrates her 98th (!) birthday. Michelle Profis, Country Living, 17 Jan. 2020 Deemed Blue Zones by Dan Buettner, who studies these locales, the populations in these pockets of the planet have an extremely high percentage of nonagenarians and centenarians—people who live to be over 90 and 100, respectively. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, 12 Dec. 2019 Aside from relief that he was pulled unscathed from such a mangled vehicle, there was widespread shock that the nonagenarian was still driving himself – and sometimes without security. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 6 Dec. 2019 The nonagenarian, whom experts have deemed fit to stand trial, arrived in the courtroom in Hamburg in a wheelchair wearing a wide-brimmed hat and hiding his face with a red folder. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of nonagenarian

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nonagenarian

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

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The first known use of nonagenarian was in 1804

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“Nonagenarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonagenarian

: a person who is between 90 and 99 years old

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