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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Eight octogenarians serve in the Senate, The Washington Post’s Paul Kane noted last month. Sarah Binder, Washington Post, "This is what Orrin G. Hatch's retirement means for the Senate," 3 Jan. 2018 The Whelan email is symptomatic of the utter panic consuming a nomination that hangs by the thinnest of threads and the looming spectacle of out of touch octogenarians like Orin Hatch interrogating Dr. Ford. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Ed Whelan’s tweets have created a second Kavanaugh scandal," 21 Sep. 2018 And there's an annoying surplus of youthful energy, from the CU-Boulder students to the octogenarians who pass you on the bike path. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of octogenarian

: a person who is between 80 and 89 years old


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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