One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is from 60 to 69 years old.
- ‘Consider his last trip to Britain, when the sexagenarian visited his 97-year-old mother.’
- ‘The soft-spoken sexagenarian might seem an unlikely expert on talk.’
- ‘Both men, now sexagenarians, have kept faithful to the classic styles.’
- ‘Delegates will replace de Rossa as party president with another sexagenarian, Michael D Higgins.’
- ‘This sexagenarian does not have even a basic tool such as a good harmonium to aid him in singing to his heart's content.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin sexagenarius (based on sexaginta ‘sixty’) + -an.
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