sex·​a·​ge·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌsek-sə-jə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce sexagenarian (audio) \

Definition of sexagenarian

: a person whose age is in the sixties

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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,, "The Best Athlete-Turned-Rapper? It’s Arian Foster. (Just Ask Him)," 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, "Did Tupac Shakur cost a 66-year-old rap fan his job in Iowa?," 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,, "Rockies’ Bud Black has slight edge over Giants’ Bruce Bochy in longstanding managerial tussle," 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, "The bureaucratic battles and political skirmishes that shaped World War II," 14 June 2019 Opened only last year, the Lower East Side hot spot has already become a local standby, and the upstairs lounges are crowded with creatives in various attitudes of hip—an unlikely setting for a sexagenarian Swiss in business attire. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 The stout sexagenarian lives in Sham Shui Po, a seedy, working-class neighborhood where grimy highrises drip AC runoff onto the market stalls, methadone clinics and brothels below. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 But during weekday mornings and afternoons, about the only noise is the slap of cards or dominoes or mahjong tiles as two- to three-dozen sexagenarians, septuagenarians and octogenarians pass the day playing and catching up with friends. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Pizza joint serving kids by night, card-shark seniors by day," 2 Mar. 2018 So while health-care workers might have been surprised by the sexagenarian's tenacity, friends and fellow runners knew Green would win the fight for his life. Amanda Loudin, Washington Post, "After a terrible head injury, a legendary ultra runner wills himself to race again," 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sexagenarian

circa 1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sexagenarian

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

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The first known use of sexagenarian was circa 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of sexagenarian

: a person who is between 60 and 69 years old

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