senior citizen


plural senior citizens
: an older adult and especially one who is age 65 or older

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 According to a city report, the city is planning on this location being affordable housing for low-income senior citizens. Marcus D. Smith, Sacramento Bee, 15 Feb. 2024 Applications for Harford County’s property tax credit for qualifying senior citizens and veterans in fiscal 2025 are due by April 1, according to a news release for Harford County Executive Bob Cassilly. Aegis Staff Report, Baltimore Sun, 23 Jan. 2024 And just to not lose sight of the obvious point that South Africa glosses over, Israelis were reacting in response to attacks that involved slaughtering 1,200 Israelis ranging from infants to senior citizens, gang-raping women, and taking hundreds of hostages. The Editors, National Review, 19 Jan. 2024 Park City Mountain is the winter home of the National Ability Center (NAC), which provides adaptive programs for competitive athletes, senior citizens, and children with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. Caroline Tell, Travel + Leisure, 8 Jan. 2024 From 1988-89, Johns portrayed a senior citizen living in an Arizona retirement community (and the wife of onetime Mr. Ed star Alan Young) in the CBS sitcom Coming of Age. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Jan. 2024 What’s more, legislators have granted certain user groups such as veterans, senior citizens and first-time buyers steep discounts. Todd Richmond, Twin Cities, 24 Jan. 2024 On it, a 72-year-old widower looks for love again, and the women featured are senior citizens competing for love. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 3 Nov. 2023 Applicants might include business owners, users of the city’s parks and recreation programs, or senior citizens looking to get involved. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of senior citizen was in 1918

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“Senior citizen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

senior citizen

: an elderly person
especially : one who has retired

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