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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At least five potential presidential contenders will be septuagenarians by Election Day of 2020. Ron Faucheux, WSJ, "The Presidency Can Add Years to Your Life," 9 Dec. 2018 Things got a little dicey at a South Carolina Costco after a couple of septuagenarians got into a physical altercation over some free samples. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Elderly men at South Carolina Costco get into physical fight over free samples," 2 Aug. 2018 The septuagenarian now controls Libya’s eastern half, lionized by those who support his vanquishing of Islamist insurgents and reviled by those who have documented the use of torture, extrajudicial killing and disappearances by his forces. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Libyan Warlord Embraced by Foreign Leaders as a Key to Peace," 3 Dec. 2018 Among the images of the Prince of Wales holding his grandchildren and tending to his gardens, there is a poignant photograph of the septuagenarian royal walking with his mother. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Shares a Moment with Prince Charles in Newly Released Photograph," 19 Nov. 2018 The almost hour-long homage to the septuagenarian director included ghosts of Scorsese past, present, and future, with speeches and video clips from actors whose careers were, and continue to be, made by the director. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "For He’s a Jolly Goodfella! Celebrating Martin Scorsese at Chanel’s MoMA Film Benefit," 20 Nov. 2018 The threat to Nancy Pelosi For congressional Democrats who are eager to replace Representative Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the septuagenarian House leadership team, Mr. Crowley, at 56, had offered the promise of a generational transition. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "4 Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primary Elections," 27 June 2018 The septuagenarian Yves pointed to a second-story window in the family house; above his scruffy beard, his eyes were bright. Molly Wizenberg, Town & Country, "Vintage Bordeaux," 14 Jan. 2013 The movie starring Celtics guard Kyrie Irving as a septuagenarian who also happens to be a legendary playground basketball player, did better than expected at the box office in its opening weekend, racking up $15.5 million from 2,742 theaters. Mark Shanahan,, "Kyrie Irving’s ‘Uncle Drew’ scores at the box office," 2 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of septuagenarian

: a person who is between 70 and 79 years old

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