sep·​tu·​a·​ge·​nar·​i·​an (ˌ)sep-ˌtü-ə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce septuagenarian (audio)
: a person whose age is in the seventies
septuagenarian adjective

Examples of septuagenarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But by the next day when there was still no word, Perez was worried enough to call the Fontana Police Department and report the septuagenarian as missing. Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2024 All the same, there was something undeniably poignant about the sight of Hütter, now 77, cutting a dignified figure in his Spandex suit, his rare unprocessed vocals now sounding very much like the voice of a septuagenarian. Andrew Barker, Variety, 22 May 2024 Michael Lee Evans The Texas septuagenarian was arrested in December 2023 after seven rounds of 9 mm ammunition was found in his luggage, police said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 21 May 2024 Minter, an auburn-haired septuagenarian wearing Converse sneakers, clutched her camera and leaned forward in a rolling office chair. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 23 Apr. 2024 For every human septuagenarian suddenly struggling with fading eyesight, brittle bones, and an inexplicable taste for Tony Bennett, there's an aging dog experiencing many of the same problems. Jeffrey Kluger, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 These sure don’t look like a septuagenarian’s earlobes: zero droop, no unsightly hair. Jay Katsir, The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2023 There is no evidence that Walton actually attended any of the Boulder shows, but his spirit looms over us, a logical outcome for a 7-foot septuagenarian in flamboyant color. Jeff Weiss, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023 Our hero is Bob Comet, a septuagenarian who has spent most of his life with books, as a public librarian in Portland, Ore., and now, in retirement, as a devoted reader. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 30 June 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of septuagenarian was in 1744

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“Septuagenarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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sep·​tu·​a·​ge·​nar·​i·​an (ˌ)sep-ˌt(y)ü-ə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce septuagenarian (audio)
: a person who is 70 or more but less than 80 years old
septuagenarian adjective

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