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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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 Hieb presides at a central table alongside a kindly white-haired priest and RDNY’s chairman of the board, a pugnacious sexagenarian named Johnny Wilde. Amos Barshad, Daily Intelligencer, "Infamous Cop Louis Scarcella Gets a Hero’s Reception," 12 Oct. 2017 More boomers than ever are becoming sexagenarians at a rate of roughly 491 an hour. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 25 July 2017 Shame on those of you who imagined the word sexagenarian meant anything other than someone who is in his or her 60s. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: At Caves Valley and at Wimbledon, it's a golden age for turning back the clock," 16 July 2017 Hamill is a youthful 65 but a sexagenarian nevertheless; whereas the fit young members of the crew were given 45 minutes to get up to the now iconic Rey-Luke meeting spot—carrying heavy equipment— David Kamp,, "Cover Story: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Definitive Preview," 24 May 2017

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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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