centenarian

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From Latin centēnārius, equivalent to centenary (100 year, 100th anniversary) +‎ -an (person).

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centenarian (plural centenarians)

  1. One who or that which is at least 100 years old.
    • 1894 October 19, “Sex and Long Life”, in Public Opinion: A Comprehensive Summary of the Press Throughout the World on All Important Current Topics, volume LXVI, number 1,726, London:
      The average age of these 203 centenarians was 102 years 5 months and 25 days.
    • 2003, Kit Anderson, Nature, Culture, and Big Old Trees: Live Oaks and Ceibas in the Landscapes of Louisiana and Guatemala, University of Texas Press, →ISBN, page 136:
      He proposed the formation of the Louisiana Live Oak Association, whose members would be trees at least a hundred years old. First among the centenarians he listed was the Locke Breaux oak, the largest tree he knew, measuring 10.7 m (35 ft.) in circumference, 22.8 m (75 ft.) tall, with a spread of 50.6 m (166 ft.) in 1932.

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centenarian (comparative more centenarian, superlative most centenarian)

  1. Aged 100 years or more; extremely old.
  2. Of or relating to centenarians or a centenary celebration.

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