senior citizen


Definition of senior citizen 

: an elderly person especially : one who has retired

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Synonyms & Antonyms for senior citizen


ancient, elder, golden-ager, oldster, old-timer, senior


youngster, youth

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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

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Spectators ranged from 20-somethings in T-shirts to senior citizens in sports coats. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Stormy Daniels reveals much, but doesn't dish on Trump at Indianapolis' Pony strip club," 20 June 2018 While millennials and young adults often dominate conversations about homeownership, senior citizens may actually do more to shape the market going forward. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "U.S. housing market continues rebound, despite increased inequality, says Harvard report," 19 June 2018 That represents a concession by legislative Democrats, who had wanted general fund tax dollars spent on offering more services to the immigrant population — expanding full services to more young people and to senior citizens without legal status. John Myers,, "Boost in spending for homelessness in budget deal reached by governor, legislative leaders," 8 June 2018 The 411: $3, child; $5, adult; and $1, senior citizen. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Your guide to some of metro Atlanta’s best public pools," 25 May 2018 Children account for at least half of the reported bites, AMVA says, while senior citizens are the second most common group. Lauren Smith, The Seattle Times, "Study: dog-bite insurance-claim costs reached $13.7M last year," 12 Apr. 2018 Woodstock hosted its inaugural music festival last September to build a senior center and provide meals to senior citizens. Mike Cason,, "Alabama Senate again delays action on economic developers bill," 28 Mar. 2018 The program delivers a daily meal to more than 550 homebound senior citizens each day. Julia Preszler,, "Boy Scout diversity, photos with the Easter bunny, and a book swap," 9 Mar. 2018 Eighty senior citizens were evacuated from the retirement home until it could be declared safe. CBS News, "Long Beach, Calif. man, 77, set blaze to lure firefighters, shot one dead, police say," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of senior citizen

1937, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of senior citizen

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

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