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

Definition of septuagenarian 

: a person whose age is in the seventies

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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 So why is Betts bucking the calling-it-quits trend of such septuagenarian stars as Elton John, Joan Baez, and Paul Simon? Dan Deluca,, "Guitar great Dickey Betts on unretiring, mourning the Allman brothers, and why he'll always be a 'Ramblin' Man'," 12 July 2018 The most direct impact of Crowley's loss will be on the succession plan for House Democrats, who have been led for years by a trio of septuagenarians, despite grumbling from younger members. NBC News, "Broken in two: Democrats divided after Rep. Crowley's defeat," 28 June 2018 Then, on Tuesday, summit stagecraft signaled a tilt toward full-on diplomatic niceties, portraying the septuagenarian president and the 30-something dictator as equals in the glare of the global limelight. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Nuclear Niceties: Trump and Kim Share Smiles, for a Change," 12 June 2018 When Glenn Taylor saw flames light up his York Township home’s door Tuesday night, the septuagenarian sprung into action and grabbed a fire extinguisher from the garage, the York Daily Record reported. Astrid Rodrigues,, "Fireworks ignite Pennsylvania neighbor's front door," 5 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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English Language Learners Definition of septuagenarian

: a person who is between 70 and 79 years old

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