no·na·ge·nar·i·an | \ˌnō-nə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən, ˌnä-\

Definition of nonagenarian 

: a person whose age is in the nineties

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On this particular June Saturday, the Lincoln Town Car with the Kansas plates is unavailable, so Nathanial Lohn, the former Army medic who serves as Dole’s nurse, helps the nonagenarian into Lohn’s Honda Insight. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: From ‘I alone can fix it’ to ‘Congress alone can fix it,’ Trump passes the buck on family separation," 19 June 2018 The sprightly nonagenarian was replacing a rotting, 16-foot plank on his back deck, and cutting it up into pieces with a chainsaw before installing a new plank. Steve Annear,, "A 95-year-old Maine resident beat a rabid fox to death with a wooden plank," 28 June 2018 To celebrate this nonagenarian, The Charlotte Observer published a fascinating profile of the actress. Michelle Profis, Country Living, "Betty Lynn, One of the Last Surviving Cast Members of 'The Andy Griffith Show,' Just Turned 90," 29 Aug. 2016 Glastonbury's nonagenarians and centenarians, a total of 48 in all, were honored at a special luncheon, on May 17 at the Glastonbury Senior Center. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Nonagenarians Celebrated At Senior Center," 29 May 2018 Analysts say that, alongside the political experience that the nonagenarian brings to the table, Mahathir could make the opposition competitive in key, conservative rural seats. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Can Malaysia's unlikely political double act score election triumph?," 3 May 2018 After the shoot, a friendship ensued between the nonagenarian and the 290-pound star athlete. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Barbara Bush leaves vivid memories as 'first lady of Houston'," 19 Apr. 2018 The study attributed that to the strong-willed nature of those nonagenarians, who spoke to researchers about their beliefs, history of migration, family and country. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Just can’t ‘let it go’? You’ll pay later for holding on to all that stress, study says," 10 Apr. 2018 Virginia McCaskey, Bears owner and secretary, has quickly become fond of her fellow nonagenarian, according to McCaskey’s son, George. Rich Campbell,, "Sister Jean has a fan in fellow nonagenarian Virginia McCaskey," 28 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of nonagenarian

: a person who is between 90 and 99 years old

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