octogenarian

noun
oc·to·ge·nar·i·an | \ ˌäk-tə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən \

Definition of octogenarian 

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

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In the Senate’s first century there were shorter life spans and fewer career lawmakers, which also made octogenarians rare in the body’s second century. Sarah Binder, Washington Post, "This is what Orrin G. Hatch's retirement means for the Senate," 3 Jan. 2018 That being said, shout-out to any infants or octogenarians who make burpees part of their daily routine. 2. Clay Skipper, GQ, "The 5 Best Exercises at the Gym, According to Personal Trainers," 29 June 2018 There were octogenarians with bad hips, short people who couldn’t see a thing, etc. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Hopeful father tries to undo years of exclusion," 30 May 2018 The kids have wonderful memories of Leucadia and the rambling ranch house, still charming but somewhat decrepit with octogenarians as caregivers. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: Who will be L.A.'s next police chief?," 9 May 2018 Wind Cave Trail The Wind Cave Trail at Usery Mountain Regional Park is a hike that toddlers to octogenarians can enjoy. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 25 things to do in Mesa," 18 Feb. 2015 And while some robust octogenarians have many years ahead of them, studies show that surgery is also common among those who are far more frail. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "Surgery near the end of life is common, costly — and often not what patients want," 28 Feb. 2018 And while some robust octogenarians have many years ahead of them, studies show that surgery is also common among those who are far more frail. Liz Szabo, Washington Post, "Never Too Late To Operate? Surgery Near End Of Life Is Common, Costly," 28 Feb. 2018 While the younger man, Miguel Díaz-Canel, stepped briskly along during the late January parade, the octogenarians walked gingerly and haltingly, graphically illustrating Cuba's coming generational shift in power. Mimi Whitefield And Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "Who is Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuba's handpicked president? | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018

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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

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 \

Medical Definition of octogenarian 

: a person whose age is in the eighties

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