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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The film chronicles Alvarez’s life, her love of music and her path to pursuing a singing career as a nonagenarian. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2022 Speaking of 90s, my Grandma Rumore worked at GNC inside Randhurst as a nonagenarian. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 4 Aug. 2022 The visibly emotional nonagenarian was shaken by the Overview Effect, the experience of seeing our tiny planet in the context of a vast universe. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 14 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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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 7 Dec. 2022.

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