senior citizen


Definition of senior citizen

: an elderly person especially : one who has retired

Synonyms & Antonyms for senior citizen



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 And the fact that Clare has met Henry at various ages but never as a senior citizen suggests a premature end lies ahead. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 11 May 2022 Baldwin seemed to miss a conspicuous distinction between himself and his generational peers—for he, too, is a senior citizen—who live in the area: his wealth and his power to negotiate with space-industry players. David Rompf, The New Yorker, 24 Apr. 2022 That's what a senior citizen, a former nursing assistant with a broken arm and other medical conditions, was left to sleep on. Fox News, 28 Jan. 2022 The council also voted to allow any senior citizen to buy medical marijuana without a doctor’s note. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 Construction of new senior citizen-friendly cottages in Lake Forest appears to be getting closer, following approval by the city’s plan commission. Daniel I. Dorfman,, 28 Feb. 2022 Without a mortgage or car payment, their primary costs are utilities — Byers says his water bill is $4 a month with his wife’s senior citizen discount — food, and health care. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 Don Natzke, now a senior citizen, hopes for a better understanding of the hurdles people with disabilities often face. Lalee Ibssa, ABC News, 6 Mar. 2022 Something’s Gotta Give — A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age. Andy Meek, BGR, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'senior citizen.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of senior citizen

1937, in the meaning defined above

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best electric toothbrush for seniors.

Learn More About senior citizen

Time Traveler for senior citizen

Time Traveler

The first known use of senior citizen was in 1937

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near senior citizen

senior chief petty officer

senior citizen

senior classic

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for senior citizen

Last Updated

18 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Senior citizen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on senior citizen

Nglish: Translation of senior citizen for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!