septuagenarian

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin septuagenarius (containing 70) + -an (forming adjectives and representative nouns), either directly or via French septuagénaire, from Latin septuageni (70 each) + -arius (-ary), from Latin septuāginta (seven tens, 70).

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  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌsɛptəd͡ʒɪˈnɛɹiən/, /ˌsɛptəwəd͡ʒɪˈnɛɹiən/, /ˌsɛpt͡ʃəd͡ʒɪˈnɛɹiən/, /ˌsɛpt͡ʃəwəd͡ʒɪˈnɛɹiən/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌsɛptjʊəd͡ʒɪˈnɛəɹɪən/, /ˌsɛptʃəd͡ʒɪˈnɛəɹɪən/, /ˌsɛptʃʊəd͡ʒɪˈnɛəɹɪən/

Noun[edit]

septuagenarian (plural septuagenarians)

  1. Synonym of seventysomething: a person between 70 and 79 years old.
    • 2010, Philip Carr-Gomm, Richard Heygate, The Book of English Magic
      For a ley hunter, local people – particularly the elderly – can be mines of information. Devereux and Thomson recount how they asked a septuagenarian in a remote village the location of an elusive stone, without mentioning the subject of leys: []

Adjective[edit]

septuagenarian (not comparable)

  1. Of or related to seventysomethings.
    Coordinate terms: vicenarian, tricenarian, quadragenarian, quinquagenarian, semicentenarian, hexagenerian, sexagenarian, octogenarian, nonagenarian, centenarian, supercentenarian

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