octogenarian

noun

oc·​to·​ge·​nar·​i·​an ˌäk-tə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce octogenarian (audio)
: a person whose age is in the eighties
The octogenarian uses a cane for walking.
octogenarian adjective

Examples of octogenarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Will viewers see the high-energy Biden of the State of the Union address or the more low-key octogenarian of less eventful moments? Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun, 25 June 2024 The octogenarian decided to go public with his diagnosis to motivate others, hoping his survival would be an inspiration. David Begnaud, CBS News, 24 June 2024 Is there an original thought that can be uttered by this feeble octogenarian? Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 9 June 2024 Poll respondents expressed varying levels of comfort with octogenarians in different occupations. Javier Zarracina, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for octogenarian 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin octogenarius containing eighty, from octogeni eighty each, from octoginta eighty, from octo eight + -ginta (akin to viginti twenty) — more at vigesimal

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of octogenarian was in 1815

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Cite this Entry

“Octogenarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octogenarian. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

octogenarian

noun
oc·​to·​ge·​nar·​i·​an ˌäk-tə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce octogenarian (audio)
: a person whose age is between 80 and 89

Medical Definition

octogenarian

noun
oc·​to·​ge·​nar·​i·​an ˌäk-tə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce octogenarian (audio)
: a person whose age is in the eighties
octogenarian adjective

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