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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There’s the mayor, a sharp nonagenarian who has been in office since the Eisenhower administration. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 23 July 2019 Since then the nonagenarian has styled himself the Patriarch of Kiev, a title that few people outside Ukraine recognise. Erasmus, The Economist, "The gift of overcoming barriers eludes the world’s Orthodox Christians," 15 June 2019 After decades in the spotlight, the wily nonagenarian is still center stage. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Queen Elizabeth II, master of soft power, celebrates her 93rd birthday with a massive parade," 8 June 2019 Quick and Berta DeDonato, co-owners of Ki’netik Fitness, where Etzweiler does his workouts twice per week, have been tracking the nonagenarian’s progress on social media in the months leading up to this year’s event. Steve Annear,, "This 99-year-old man is gearing up for a road race to the top of Mount Washington this weekend," 12 June 2019 The last three to die were all nonagenarians: Bush at 94, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan at 93. Ron Faucheux, WSJ, "The Presidency Can Add Years to Your Life," 9 Dec. 2018 Harry and Daphne connected during both his 2015 and 2017 trips to Australia and when Harry and Meghan stepped out to greet crowds of well-wishers at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday, the nonagenarian was there, waiting to say hi to her old friend. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Introduced Meghan Markle to His 98-Year-Old Australian BFF During Their Tour," 16 Oct. 2018 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

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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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