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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Each time the rocking septuagenarians have conducted an extensive tour, fans have wondered whether that would be the last time. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "The Rolling Stones 2019 tour: Bigger, better video screens bring Mick & Keith up close," 3 July 2019 That means a septuagenarian president is at higher risk for missing work or dying in office than one in her or his 50s. Louise Aronson, Twin Cities, "Louise Aronson: I’m a geriatrician, and I’m fine with an 80-year-old running for president," 14 June 2019 Authorities believed that the septuagenarian was responsible for 12 killings, 45 rapes and more than 120 residential burglaries that occurred during the 1970s and ’80s. Julia Wick,, "Essential California: Golden State Killer case's twisted, painful path," 11 June 2019 Among those running are two septuagenarians - former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders - as well as Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana. NBC News, "Age matters more than sexuality to U.S. presidential voters, poll finds," 10 June 2019 Many Americans have been subjected to an e-mail thread from septuagenarians upset about climate science. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "NASA is getting cranky climate e-mails from the White House," 18 June 2019 Each presented a clear contrast with the two male septuagenarians at the top of the primary polls. Jennifer Rubin, The Denver Post, "Rubin: Two speeches, two halves of the Democratic campaign," 3 June 2019 At least five potential presidential contenders will be septuagenarians by Election Day of 2020. Ron Faucheux, WSJ, "The Presidency Can Add Years to Your Life," 9 Dec. 2018 Things got a little dicey at a South Carolina Costco after a couple of septuagenarians got into a physical altercation over some free samples. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Elderly men at South Carolina Costco get into physical fight over free samples," 2 Aug. 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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