se·​nec·​ti·​tude si-ˈnek-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce senectitude (audio)
: the final stage of the normal life span

Word History


borrowed from Medieval Latin senectitūdin-, senectitūdō, re-formation, with Latin -tūdin-, -tūdō -tude, of Latin senectūt-, senectūs "old age," from senec-, variant stem of sen-, senex "old, aged" + -tūt-, -tūs, suffix of abstract nouns — more at senior entry 2

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of senectitude was in 1796

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“Senectitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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