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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The department says ozone mostly affects children, senior citizens, people who work or exercise outdoors and people with pre-existing respiratory disease. Ryan Santistevan, azcentral, "Ozone advisory in effect Monday for Maricopa County," 22 Apr. 2018 That’s because senior citizens are taking his place-donning polyester, flipping patties and taking orders. Leslie Patton, The Seattle Times, "Senior citizens are replacing teenagers as fast-food workers," 13 Nov. 2018 Prior to the final Senate vote, robocalls to senior citizens claimed (with no evidence) that the rules will raise cell phone bills by $30 per month and slow down their data. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Net neutrality gives “free” Internet to Netflix and Google, ISP claims," 10 Sep. 2018 There are dozens of programs across the nation that have opened assisted living facilities on campus or given senior citizens access to college classrooms. Pat Eaton-robb, Fox News, "Program combats ageism by having students live with seniors," 17 Aug. 2018 More than 100,000 senior citizens and disabled people could see their benefits reduced or eliminated. Christopher Keating,, "One Week Left In Session But No Serious Budget Talks Yet At State Capitol," 2 May 2018 The Chicago Tribune reported Taylor previously has been convicted for hitting a senior citizen in 2008 and for attempted murder in 1998, racking up nearly a dozen years in prison over the last two decades. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Convicted felon charged in random, 'brutal' attack on 91-year-old Chicago man," 21 Sep. 2018 While babysitting and nannying may be the first options that come to mind, consider offering your services to a different demographic - senior citizens! Alessandra Puccio /, NBC News, "Finding your (hidden) value," 13 July 2018 In Honolulu, officials got dinged a few years ago for installing them at a bus stop in front of a senior citizens' home. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "This odd new device downtown has bus riders confused. Hint: It's for your derriere," 11 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

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

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