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Jane Mairs, Director of English language Learning Publishing
Septuagenarian, octogenarian, ....
Monday October 24th 2011
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Septuagenarian, octogenarian, ....
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Larry asked about a word for a person who is ninety+ years of age.

 

As you may know, the word for a person in their seventies (70's) is septuagenarian.

The word for a person in their eighties (80's) is octogenarian.

And the word for a person in their nineties (90's) has the same ending as the other two: nonagenarian.

 

Here is a sample sentence with nonagenarian:

 

  • Last year, when my neighbor became a nonagenarian, she decided she was too old to live by herself, and moved in with her daughter.

 

I hope this helps.

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