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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Examples of septuagenarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smith, a reclusive Palm Beach septuagenarian, hasn’t granted a press interview since the 1980s. Mckay Coppins, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2021 Also relevant are works by French septuagenarian Elizabeth Garouste, who is the very definition of fun. Ralph Pucci, Robb Report, 16 May 2021 On Inauguration Day, 2021, a septuagenarian—Donald Trump, Joe Biden, or Bernie Sanders—will almost certainly be sworn into the office of the Presidency. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2020 Yet the party is throwing itself into the arms of a septuagenarian with serious performance issues. Rich Lowry, National Review, 6 Mar. 2020 Warren is the first top-tier Democratic presidential candidate to release a medical report this cycle, a move that will undoubtedly kick off a new primary-within-a-primary: The contest to be the hardiest septuagenarian running for president., 6 Dec. 2019 Alba Maruri’s family members were overjoyed that the septuagenarian was alive, but they were left wondering whose remains the hospital cremated and sent them weeks ago, the family told news outlets. Fox News, 26 Apr. 2020 After all, other septuagenarians, including Mr. Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders, have amassed intense and loyal online followings despite not being internet natives. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2020 Mark Graham and Barbara Summers, both septuagenarians, own Ben & Nick’s Bar and Grill on College Avenue and Cato’s Ale House on Piedmont Avenue. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of septuagenarian

1744, 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 1744

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“Septuagenarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of septuagenarian

: a person who is between 70 and 79 years old

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