thir·​ty·​some·​thing ˈthər-tē-ˌsəm(p)-thiŋ How to pronounce thirtysomething (audio)
: having an age of 30 to 39 years old
thirtysomething parents
also : of or relating to people in their thirties
Just the usual thirtysomething decor—Persian rug, book-shelves, abstract paintings, glass coffee table, … and a few exotic trinkets picked up on foreign junkets. Marly Swick
thirtysomething noun

Examples of thirtysomething in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Niles’s function has been partly assumed by his equally fastidious, ineffectual, and un-self-aware teen-age son, David, and Martin’s has been taken over by Frederick Crane, now grown into a thirtysomething Boston firefighter with a taste for air hockey and off-brand whiskey. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 26 Oct. 2023 Hung above the headboard is an unexpected hit of modernity: a framed sketch by the thirtysomething artist-designer Luke Edward Hall, whose original work Pittenger started buying in 2017. Owen Holmes, House Beautiful, 13 Dec. 2022 The inevitable complications of that entanglement don't take long to manifest, and fresh beginnings prove equally fraught for Nora (Portrait star Noémie Merlant), a thirtysomething real-estate agent attempting to start over in law school. Leah Greenblatt,, 15 Apr. 2022 Darius Epps — Van often pops in to ground the show, provides some sage advice to her on-again, off-again boyfriend and give the show a lens into a thirtysomething Black American woman’s experience. Niki McGloster,, 30 Mar. 2022 The Amazon Prime comedy follows four thirtysomething women friends navigating life and love in the titular cultural hot spot. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 1 Dec. 2021 Jason is a thirtysomething man questioning his life: career, love and family. Dawn Burkes, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 In the past few years, the reserved, thirtysomething English singer-songwriter Tirzah has retreated into a newfound home life. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2021 The movie is centered on a prosperous thirtysomething Black couple, Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris), who live in a duplex apartment on the former grounds of Cabrini-Green, on the city’s North Side. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 26 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thirtysomething was in 1987

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“Thirtysomething.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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