oc·​to·​ge·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌäk-tə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce octogenarian (audio) \

Definition of octogenarian

: a person whose age is in the eighties The octogenarian uses a cane for walking.

Other Words from octogenarian

octogenarian adjective

Examples of octogenarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Why would people of all ages want an octogenarian to host the nation’s premier late night comedy show? Joseph Coughlin, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Caroline and Lisette are part of a long tradition of mother-daughter Bears, which includes their friend Fran Gaskin, an octogenarian whose mother started the Monday morning breakfast tradition and whose daughter and granddaughter are Polar Bears. Leslie Garrett, Good Housekeeping, 23 Aug. 2021 The drummer became the first octogenarian in the band with his birthday last month. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 On August 31st, the staff at the organization’s Fort Worth clinic had worked from 7 A.M. until near midnight, hardly taking breaks or stopping to eat; the only doctor on duty, as a reporter for the 19th noted, was an octogenarian. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 5 Sep. 2021 Of course, Cosby is an octogenarian who played a TV dad back in the 1980's and early 1990's. Kara Alaimo, CNN, 30 June 2021 In January of this year, Abbas, a deeply unpopular octogenarian, promised to hold elections for the first time in more than 15 years. Sean Durns, National Review, 7 June 2021 The octogenarian left behind more than 300 yurts around the country, plus a number of disciples — intentional and accidental — who are carrying on his legacy. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 Prior to his move to West Virginia, the octogenarian was housed in facilities in Florida and Tucson, Arizona, the AP reported. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 17 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of octogenarian

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for octogenarian

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

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17 May 2022

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“Octogenarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octogenarian. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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oc·​to·​ge·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌäk-tə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce octogenarian (audio) \

Medical Definition of octogenarian

: a person whose age is in the eighties

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