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 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 There were some teenagers, some septuagenarians, many in between. Kevin Acee,, "Padres find they can't turn all blue eyes brown, but ...," 14 July 2018 The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew's old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one. Denisa Protani,, "Win two tickets to UNCLE DREW," 10 July 2018 Uncle Drew: Sports comedy with current NBA star Kyrie Irving and former players including Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Webber about an attempt by septuagenarian players to win a Harlem street basketball tournament. Walter Addiego,, "Movies opening Friday, June 29," 26 June 2018 There is also a third possibility, which is that two septuagenarians who surround themselves with flatterers are not the most adept legal strategists. The Economist, "How Trump's lawyers are becoming a liability," 10 May 2018 On the other, selling tickets to this year’s septuagenarian Mayweather-McGregor fight is one lucrative way to clear the national debt. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "71-Year-Old Tells 75-Year-Old That He Could Kick His Ass," 22 Mar. 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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: a person who is between 70 and 79 years old

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