sexagenarian

noun

sex·​a·​ge·​nar·​i·​an ˌsek-sə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce sexagenarian (audio)
: a person whose age is in the sixties
sexagenarian adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Welte wasn't initially thrilled about playing alongside a sexagenarian, but after trudging through 18 holes together in the pouring rain -- their first time meeting -- she was completely sold. Martin Savidge, Pamela Kirkland And Scottie Andrew, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021 As a sprightly sexagenarian with his sleeves rolled up, the Sage of Omaha was at his witty—and wicked—best. The Economist, 26 Sep. 2020 Moeser retired from racing in 2005, but the Facebook feed of the sexagenarian continues to look like an REI commercial. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2019 The team’s chief admirer, a Sikh sexagenarian immigrant who pays to send less-privileged kids to Raptors games, became a national hero. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 29 Aug. 2019 By the end of the show some of Houston’s sexagenarian coaches standing in the back of their room had their arms raised, swaying to the flow. Ben Baskin, SI.com, 26 June 2019 However, this wasn’t the first time the sexagenarian has expressed his affinity for the L.A. rapper to his coworkers. Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2019 The sexagenarians have squared off 205 times since Bochy was hired as Giants manager and Black replaced him in San Diego before the ’07 season. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, 27 June 2019 Meyer fought back, and the Willard’s guests were treated to a furious grapple between the sexagenarians. H. W. Brands, Washington Post, 14 June 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin sexagenarius of or containing sixty, sixty years old, from sexageni sixty each, from sexaginta sixty, from sex six + -ginta (akin to Latin viginti twenty) — more at six, vigesimal

First Known Use

circa 1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sexagenarian was circa 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Sexagenarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexagenarian. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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sexagenarian

noun
sex·​a·​ge·​nar·​i·​an ˌsek-sə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce sexagenarian (audio)
(ˌ)sek-ˌsaj-ə-
: a person who is 60 or more but less than 70 years old
sexagenarian adjective

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