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[sek-suh-juh-nair-ee-uh n]
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  1. of the age of 60 years or between 60 and 70 years old.
  1. a sexagenarian person.

Origin of sexagenarian

1730–40; < Latin sexāgēnāri(us) sexagenary + -an
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  1. a person from 60 to 69 years old
  1. being from 60 to 69 years old
  2. of or relating to a sexagenarian
Derived Formssexagenary (sɛkˈsædʒɪnərɪ), adjective, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin sexāgēnārius, from sexāgēnī sixty each, from sexāgintā sixty
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Word Origin and History for sexagenarian


1738, "person sixty years old," from Latin sexagenarius "containing sixty," from sexagenarius, from sexageni "sixty each, sixty at a time," from sexaginta "sixty," from comb. form of sex (see six) + -genaria "ten times," from -ginta "tens," from PIE *dkm-ta-, from *dekm- "ten" (see ten). As an adjective from 1836.

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