Definition of nonagenarian in English:



  • A person who is between 90 and 99 years old.

    • ‘His father, a nonagenarian, lived long enough to see his unconventional son become an international celebrity.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the mother, a sprightly nonagenarian, acquitted herself well in the interview, and both she and Ann came across as ‘better’ people as a result.’
    • ‘Kunkel and Perls believe that additional genetic analyses of nonagenarians and centenarians will lead to the identification of a few genes that confer longevity in humans.’
    • ‘During the evening a painting, a montage of 150 years of schooling by Badsey artist Michael Barnard, was unveiled by nonagenarians Molly Corbett and Fred Mason, the school's oldest ex-pupils present.’
    • ‘In 1954, just prior to becoming a nonagenarian, Dr. Thomas Nixon Carver, who had retired from the Harvard faculty more than two decades before, began a new career as a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times.’
    • ‘And as often happens with nonagenarians (which she was that summer), the people of whom she spoke most affectionately - Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, - were all dead.’
    • ‘Among the pieces on show were calligraphy and paintings by the 100-year-old master Chen Li-fu and by nonagenarians Chang Long-yien and Fu Chuan-fu, two living greats of the Chinese art scene.’
    • ‘At the age of 92, the great master began work on her last major photographic project-stunning portraits of other nonagenarians.’
    • ‘My mother, a nonagenarian, has always had a sense of occasion.’
    • ‘As is the case for many nonagenarians, Ken Clark is experiencing age-related difficulties and is not in the best of health, but on behalf of his many colleagues, admirers and friends, I wish him the best.’
    • ‘It was, she told her fellow researchers, as if a nonagenarian suddenly looked forty-something.’
    • ‘There has been no such division, however, over the participation of two nonagenarians, one in Mexico and one in Los Angeles.’
    • ‘The nonagenarian took as his new bride a fiftysomething museum director, Louise Kertz.’
    • ‘Young men, women and children, nonagenarians and the physically challenged thronged the four-day fair, which concluded on July 7.’
    • ‘The two broke free but were cuffed by police after escaping the attacking nonagenarian through a bedroom window.’
    • ‘Mind you, that's to be expected from a group of nonagenarians - aged, as they are, at 91, 94, and 95 years old.’
    • ‘Eva Hughes had never even used a typewriter before starting computer lessons but now the nonagenarian has proven it's never too late to learn.’
    • ‘With her encouragement, the nonagenarian re-created lost sketches of his hotels that proved the theories.’
    • ‘Seth's son Enos was a peppy nonagenarian when he begat Cainan, and he lived 815 years afterwards; and so on up to Methuselah, who set the biblical record at 969 years.’
    • ‘Now a nonagenarian, Hashim's life is pretty simple.’


Early 19th century: from Latin nonagenarius (based on nonaginta ninety) + -an.