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[sep-choo-uh-juh-nair-ee-uh n, -too-, -tyoo-] /ˌsɛp tʃu ə dʒəˈnɛər i ən, -tu-, -tyu-/
of the age of 70 years or between 70 and 80 years old.
a septuagenarian person.
Origin of septuagenarian
1705-15; < Latin septuāgēnāri(us) (see septuagenary) + -an Unabridged
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  • It looks as if the septuagenarian were ashamed of a diminished calf.

  • David told him that he dressed himself like a septuagenarian Professor.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • It was the septuagenarian bishop Purpuris, 273 recalled from exile by Julian.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • Many doctors have seen it, and consider it to be the skull of a septuagenarian.

    Famous European Artists Sarah K. Bolton
  • The septuagenarian sighed for the time when he could live at ease in his own fashion.

    Two Poets Honore de Balzac
  • The septuagenarian squeezed the colonel's hand until the fingers cracked.

    Robert Tournay William Sage
British Dictionary definitions for septuagenarian


a person who is from 70 to 79 years old
being between 70 and 79 years old
of or relating to a septuagenarian
Word Origin
C18: from Latin septuāgēnārius, from septuāgēnī seventy each, from septuāgintā seventy
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Word Origin and History for septuagenarian

"of age 70, seventy-year-old," 1793, from Latin septuagenarius "containing seventy," from septuageni "seventy each," related to septuaginta "seventy" (see Septuagint). Noun meaning "a 70-year-old person" first recorded 1805. As an adjective, septuagenary is recorded from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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