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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As the senior among senior citizens, Mr. Acevedo, 85 years old, is allowed to hurl his disk from half-court. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 Last year, lawmakers cut funding for the program, which uses Medicaid money to allow low-income senior citizens and the disabled to pay for Medicare Part B premiums, copays, and deductibles. Ruth Bruno,, "Seven New State Laws That Took Effect July 1," 3 July 2018 Now senior citizens, the women are confronted with new set of challenges., "Book Club Proves That Women's Sexuality Has No Expiration Date," 21 May 2018 Young people are far more likely than senior citizens to report being lonely and in poor health, a surprising survey of 20,000 Americans released Tuesday shows. Jayne O'donnell And Shari Rudavsky, USA TODAY, "Loneliness, poor health reported far more among young people than even those over 72," 1 May 2018 Each year, The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy raises money for 12 charities that help children, families and senior citizens. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "A Kirkland mother’s anguished phone call brings help she never imagined," 9 Dec. 2018 When a fire broke out Thursday at a senior citizens apartment building in Washington, D.C., about 100 Marines came running to help, according to a report. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Marines come running to help after fire breaks out at DC senior building, video shows," 21 Sep. 2018 Heather and her husband hold exercise classes for senior citizens. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Art exhibit in Pigtown humanizes female sex workers and drug addicts," 6 July 2018 Many of her charges are senior citizens who are confined to wheelchairs and walkers; some of them cannot leave their homes at all. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Sunnyside ‘Soup Lady’ Joyce Smith served up warm words and essential goods during Harvey," 3 July 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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