One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is between 70 and 79 years old.
- ‘Japan's parliament, or Diet, has more septuagenarians and octogenarians than almost any other, and they are ill-prepared for radical changes.’
- ‘The sport would be opened instantly to septuagenarians with heart conditions.’
- ‘The mere thought of standing in front of a classroom of high-spirited Scottish teenagers is enough, you might think, to make the vast majority of septuagenarians shudder.’
- ‘They had a couple of tireless septuagenarians in their ranks who motored about like people half their age.’
- ‘Once you get over the self-conscious notion that this is a pastime for septuagenarians, it turns out to be enjoyable and mildly contentious.’
- ‘The septuagenarian is still keeping himself active in the literary world, despite a recent paralytic stroke.’
- ‘More significantly, while younger people may cower at the thought of being forced out of bed and into an office in their twilight years, many septuagenarians insist that they must be given the right to work.’
- ‘At 75, he is teaching music - both to septuagenarians and tiny tots - and is enjoying it.’
- ‘Ask the average squash player about the state of hardball singles in the US, and he will say that is probably just a few septuagenarians swatting a red pellet in the basement of some long forgotten club.’
- ‘Raising the early retirement age would signal that 62 is too young for most people to quit in an era of marathon-running septuagenarians.’
- ‘The documentary follows the white-haired septuagenarian from his garden in North Carolina, to hip-hop shows in San Francisco, to visits with music pioneers in New York City and Long Island.’
- ‘They're septuagenarians with a fear of modernity and women.’
- ‘Newman has the power to make septuagenarians feel not only empowered, but really cool.’
- ‘It was staffed largely by senior citizens, and junkets of septuagenarians made up a large portion of the visitors.’
- ‘Setting sail into the wider world of fiction, he evokes a place in which missed opportunities come around again on life's conveyor belt - even to septuagenarians undergoing amputation of gangrenous limbs.’
- ‘Asking them to create anything that's in touch with the youth market is sort of like going to a retirement home and asking a bunch of septuagenarians with Alzheimer's disease to pen a film script about teens coming of age in the ghetto.’
- ‘And the film, as it turns out, is a touching, beautifully told story about two septuagenarians who, 50 years after their adolescent romance, bump into each other once more and fall in love all over again.’
- ‘Here's comfort for septuagenarians feeling OK now but wondering what they'll be like in ten years time.’
- ‘Both men are septuagenarians who have felt the pinch of ageism in a business that often dismisses extensive experience and talent as irrelevant.’
- ‘Along the way there is a slow but steady trickling stream of septuagenarians, slipping their way down to the round stone tower by the beach.’
Late 18th century: from Latin septuagenarius (based on septuaginta ‘seventy’) + -an.
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