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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "How Old Is Too Old to Work?," 8 Mar. 2020 Yet the party is throwing itself into the arms of a septuagenarian with serious performance issues. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Thanks to the Democratic Establishment, Biden Is Back," 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., "unscheduled doctor’s visit last month," 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, "Ecuadorian woman declared dead from coronavirus found alive in hospital mix-up, reports say," 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, "Our 2020 Election Guide," 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.,, "Coronavirus leaves many of Oakland’s mom-and-pop shops struggling for survival," 6 Apr. 2020 The diminutive septuagenarian, who lacks formal education, hails from the village of Chermaria in Aska block of Ganjam district, on the foothills of the Pakidi hill range, which is around 200 km from Odisha’s capital Bhubaneswar. Pragati Prava, Quartz India, "An Odisha village woman’s journey from protecting peacocks to the Indian parliament," 26 Jan. 2020 Burnett turned to the other septuagenarians onstage to ask about their age in relation to their electability. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, "Democratic debate: Sanders talks about his heart attack; Biden and Warren reassure voters about their age," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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“Septuagenarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of septuagenarian

: a person who is between 70 and 79 years old

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