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 nonagenarian is Malaysia’s most experienced statesman and a dangerous foe. The Economist, "Muhyiddin’s mess Malaysia’s shaky government dodges a no-confidence motion," 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, "Review: ‘Chichinette’ reveals the World War II spy exploits of a Palos Verdes centenarian," 14 Apr. 2020 Normally, a celebration lunch would have been offered to the nonagenarians. cleveland, "Food for Families drive-through food pantry assists needy Rocky River area families: West Shore Chatter," 3 May 2020 This month, the nonagenarian celebrates her 98th (!) birthday. Michelle Profis, Country Living, "All of the Best Life Advice Betty White Has Ever Given," 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,, "What Is the 'Blue Zone' Diet? A Nutritionist Explains the Eating Plan That May Help You Live Longer and Healthier," 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, "Top royal stories of 2019: Harry and Meghan's media woes, Andrew's scandal and more," 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,, "Guard at Nazi concentration camp tried in Germany," 22 Oct. 2019 The nonagenarian made national headlines after his arrest, in which San Jose police used stepdaughter Karen Navarra’s Fitbit to link Aiello to her Sept. 8, 2018, death. Michael Cabanatuan,, "The Scanner: Oakland police seek help in beloved street food vendor’s killing," 16 Sep. 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 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonagenarian

: a person who is between 90 and 99 years old

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