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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Aside from the university and healthcare, the state will also cut the Senior Benefits Program, which provides monthly payments of $250 to low-income senior citizens. Josiah Bates, Time, "Alaska's State Budget Is Slumping. The Governor's 40% Cut to the University System Could Make It Even Worse," 10 July 2019 Dunleavy cut state support for public broadcasting, the state arts council, ocean rangers who monitor cruise ship discharges and a program that provides money to senior citizens who have low or moderate incomes. Washington Post, "Alaska legislators brace for showdown over governor’s vetoes," 10 July 2019 More transparency in the way senior citizens are taxed for their homes in a senior community was the main focus at an event hosted by state Rep. Sam Yingling on Thursday. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Mundelein forum focuses on disparity in senior-community property taxes," 18 Jan. 2018 The University Medical Center of El Paso received 13 victims, ranging in age from 2 to senior citizens, the hospital said Saturday. Charles Ventura, USA TODAY, "El Paso Walmart shooting: What we know about the victims and suspect," 4 Aug. 2019 Admission for the village tour is $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 6 to 16, senior citizens and military personnel. Brenda Yenke,, "Mickey’s world transcends the decades: Yenke Peddler antiques," 1 Aug. 2019 Finke, 60, teaches memoir-writing classes to senior citizens. Heidi Stevens,, "Column: ‘You’re capable, but other people don’t see you that way.’ Blind memoir teacher helps Chicago seniors preserve their stories," 18 July 2019 Single-day tickets are $7 for children ages 6-12 and senior citizens 60 and older. Lilly Nguyen,, "Decor contestants help set the table for O.C. Fair opening," 11 July 2019 Dunleavy vetoed funding for a program that provides money to senior citizens who have low or moderate incomes and state support for public broadcasting. Washington Post, "The Latest: Alaska legislature could take up override again," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of senior citizen

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of senior citizen was in 1937

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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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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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