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Definition of octogenarian

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

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octogenarian adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Four months ago, Lois Sharp was an active octogenarian who cared for her son Jerry, who had suffered a stroke a few years ago. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "'Look how far you've come': For some COVID patients recovery takes weeks or months," 10 June 2020 Despite public health officials’ pleas to employers to keep their workers at home, the Senate — whose members include a high volume of septuagenarians and octogenarians considered particularly vulnerable to coronavirus — has continued to meet. New York Times, "Congress Races to Respond to Pandemic While Defying Ban on Mass Gatherings," 18 Mar. 2020 Featureman on Youtube, is an octogenarian who’s posted a bit of everything on his channel over the last 13 years — stock market tutorials, green screen tips, original songs — and food. Los Angeles Times, "Food YouTube is the best YouTube: 6 channels to watch while you’re cooped up," 23 Apr. 2020 Every morning for several weeks DeGayner, a lanky octogenarian, found the bodies buried under leaf litter along Key Largo’s route 905, a county road that runs through the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Carrie Arnold, Scientific American, "Can We Save the Woodrat without Slaughtering Cats?," 29 Mar. 2020 There are a homeless man who lives in the park and a group of octogenarians camped in expensive motor homes, who don’t quite fit. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, "Regional books: “Shatter the Night,” “Arches Enemy” and more," 15 Dec. 2019 The only character missing from the reunion is Doris (the late Margaret John), a horny octogenarian who used to hit on Gavin. The Economist, "I’m not going to lie “Gavin & Stacey” is a reminder that Britons can put differences aside," 26 Dec. 2019 The patients, ranging from teenagers to octogenarians, are on 8W and 8E because of a heart attack, heart surgery or heart failure. oregonlive, "On Christmas, a heart surgeon and his family offer a different kind of healing at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center," 24 Dec. 2019 While young donors tend to be healthier, there’s no upper age limit: Studies show healthy organs from seniors like Henry, who was 78, and even octogenarians still can work well, especially if given to an older recipient. Lauran Neergaard, The Denver Post, "Where you die can affect your chance of being an organ donor," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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21 Jun 2020

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“Octogenarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octogenarian. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of octogenarian

: a person who is between 80 and 89 years old


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Medical Definition of octogenarian

: a person whose age is in the eighties

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