octogenarian

noun
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.

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octogenarian adjective

Examples of octogenarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1986-87, Dukakis starred on Broadway as a Jewish octogenarian (and Marlo Thomas' mother) in Mike Nichols' long-running comedy Social Security. Mike Barnes, Billboard, "Olympia Dukakis, Oscar Winner for 'Moonstruck,' Dies at 89," 1 May 2021 As usual, Gardner totally inhabits this octogenarian. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, "Saturday Night Live recap: Daniel Kaluuya makes his hosting debut," 4 Apr. 2021 That may seem obvious, given that its narrator, Lloyd Wilkerson Petrie, is an octogenarian reconsidering an unresolved relationship of his youth. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Cynthia Ozick, nearly 93, writes her age in the evocative novella “Antiquities”," 14 Apr. 2021 Most people associate TikTok with Gen Z, but Hatch is an octogenarian, and the star of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s widely followed account — snail expert Tim Pearce — is a baby boomer. Washington Post, "A printing press operator and a snail expert? These museum workers have become unlikely TikTok stars.," 10 Apr. 2021 Bill Ilnisky retired three years ago and while physically healthy for a late octogenarian, had some dementia. Terry Spencer, USA TODAY, "'They were always, always together': Husband and wife were married 66 years. They died minutes apart of COVID-19.," 22 Mar. 2021 Bill Ilnisky retired three years ago and while physically healthy for a late octogenarian, had some dementia. Terry Spencer, sun-sentinel.com, "Husband and wife, married 66 years, die minutes apart of COVID," 22 Mar. 2021 The octogenarian was released from prison in 2019 after serving 54 months on an unrelated charge. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "What to Know About the Gardner Museum Heist," 10 Apr. 2021 Planning for a woman in her mid-50s with a chronic condition that keeps her from working full time is very different from caring for an octogenarian who needs around-the-clock care. Forbes, "4 Wealth Planning Considerations For Clients With Illnesses Or Disabilities," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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“Octogenarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octogenarian. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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octogenarian

noun

English Language Learners Definition of octogenarian

: a person who is between 80 and 89 years old

octogenarian

noun
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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octogenarian adjective

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