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, geriatric, 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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Meanwhile, local officials removed 40 black senior citizens from a bus heading to the polls in majority-black Jefferson County for early voting. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Georgia, 2018’s most prominent voting rights battleground, explained," 2 Nov. 2018 The broadband industry was tied to subsequent efforts to mislead the public as to what the bill does, including a recent robocall effort falsely informing senior citizens the measure would dramatically raise their phone bills. Karl Bode, The Verge, "California is leading the state-by-state fight for net neutrality," 1 Sep. 2018 The current unrest began in April, when Ortega imposed cuts to the social security system and small protests by senior citizens were violently broken up. Christopher Sherman, Fox News, "Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua," 10 Aug. 2018 Dental care continues to be a top unmet health care need for many adults who are low-income senior citizens or living with a disability. The Seattle Times, "Washington’s most vulnerable can’t access critical dental care," 23 July 2018 Check up on anyone who might be especially vulnerable to the hot weather, including senior citizens. Hayley Kaufman,, "Fourth of July revelers: Get out your sunblock. And your water bottle.," 4 July 2018 Investigators are accusing the senior citizen of taking advantage of a toddler, no less, in stealing a woman's wallet. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "'Granny thief' on the loose in NC town. Cops seeking tips 'before she strikes again'," 29 June 2018 Among the 20,000+ attendees of all ages, colors and religious backgrounds, there were parents, women with babies, children, teens, college students, and select few senior citizens in the line. Tony Centeno, Billboard, "Lil Uzi Vert, PnB Rock, Family Gather to Mourn the Death Of XXXTentacion," 28 June 2018 The last weekend of this year’s River to River Festival includes a performance march through a Lower East Side park featuring senior citizens — some of whom are or have been professional dancers and others who are long-term residents. Brian Schaefer, New York Times, "8 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 21 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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