sep·​tu·​a·​ge·​nar·​i·​an | \ (ˌ)sep-ˌtü-ə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce septuagenarian (audio) , -ˌtyü-, -ˌchü- \

Definition of septuagenarian

: a person whose age is in the seventies

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Recent Examples on the Web Democratic leaders and strategists also expressed concern that Sanders' recent illness could raise fresh questions about the septuagenarian polling leaders. Michael Scherer,, "‘Anything can happen’: Sanders’ health, attacks on Biden, worries about Warren create uncertainty in Democratic 2020 field," 6 Oct. 2019 The three septuagenarians have been leading state and national polls for months, but all face challenges in a race playing out in the shadow of an impeachment drama on Capitol Hill. Philip Elliott / Columbus, Time, "Younger Candidates Hope to Edge out Front-Runners at the Democratic Debate," 16 Oct. 2019 The Vermont senator is one of four septuagenarians battling for the White House in 2020. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "2020 White House hopeful Bernie Sanders hospitalized after suffering chest pains," 2 Oct. 2019 As President Trump has discovered, septuagenarians are no match for Gen Z on social media. Wired, "Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era," 28 Sep. 2019 More than 700 protesters have been arrested in total since early June, mostly men in their 20s and 30s, but also including women, teenagers and septuagenarians. Author: Vincent Thian, Yanan Wang, Anchorage Daily News, "Flights restart at Hong Kong airport as protesters apologize," 14 Aug. 2019 Three septuagenarians are leading the race to challenge US president Donald Trump in 2020. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "New poll shows Elizabeth Warren could bridge the Democrats’ generational divide," 20 Nov. 2019 Alda returned to clothing sales as a septuagenarian., "Alda Neumann," 17 Nov. 2019 And Donald Trump’s unnaturally orange hue? Trump and three leading Democratic challengers are all septuagenarians, and there's not enough hair dye or spray tan in the world to cover up that fact. Author: Roxanne Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, "The senior citizens running for president and how they try to look younger," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of septuagenarian

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for septuagenarian

Late Latin septuagenarius seventy years old, from Latin, of or containing seventy, from septuageni seventy each, from septuaginta

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The first known use of septuagenarian was in 1805

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“Septuagenarian.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of septuagenarian

: a person who is between 70 and 79 years old

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