senior citizen


Definition of senior citizen

: an elderly person especially : one who has retired

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Examples of senior citizen in a Sentence

Senior citizens qualify for a discount at the movie theater. more and more senior citizens are living active, rewarding lives
Recent Examples on the Web Georgia was 47th — risk of social isolation, mildness of weather and senior citizen volunteer rate, among others. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "Where does Georgia rank among best states for retirement?," 25 Jan. 2021 The size of the state's senior citizen population and how efficiently each state is getting those doses into the arms of its people. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "More COVID-19 vaccines headed to Michigan: What we know," 12 Jan. 2021 The deaths continue to be concentrated in the senior citizen community. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Cruise ship docks, Navajo Nation, veterans vaccinated: News from around our 50 states," 30 Dec. 2020 To receive meals, qualifying recipients must also be: a senior citizen, high-risk and/or homebound adult, person with disabilities, family with children under the age of 18, low income, or unemployed, according to the release. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "City Council approves $2.2M COVID relief program to assist restaurants, provide meals," 13 Nov. 2020 Toyota's Corolla, on the other hand, is the senior citizen of this group, little changed since its last major redesign for 2003. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2007 Compact Car Comparison," 18 Nov. 2020 As the Sox search for someone to replace Rick Renteria, the idea that a senior citizen such as La Russa can be a viable candidate has been hotly debated on talk radio and the internet. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: Is Tony La Russa too old? Would the young Chicago White Sox — and their big personalities — be given freedom by a 76-year-old manager?," 20 Oct. 2020 Public food kitchens, dependent on senior citizen volunteers who are staying home, have closed or limited their offerings. Lois K. Solomon,, "Little Free Pantries fill hungry tummies, no questions asked," 19 Nov. 2020 As a white, male, senior citizen I was deeply saddened to read about [Ali’s] experiences and treatment from what in reality, metaphorically speaking, are my neighbors. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Culture feedback: From Dave Chappelle to Alex Trebek, a week of post-election highs and lows," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of senior citizen

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of senior citizen was in 1937

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30 Jan 2021

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“Senior citizen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of senior citizen

chiefly US : an old person : a person who is at least a certain age (such as 55)

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