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sexagenarian

[sek-suh-juh-nair-ee-uh n] /ˌsɛk sə dʒəˈnɛər i ən/
adjective
1.
of the age of 60 years or between 60 and 70 years old.
noun
2.
a sexagenarian person.
Origin of sexagenarian
1730-1740
1730-40; < Latin sexāgēnāri(us) sexagenary + -an
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  • "You talk as if you were a sexagenarian," said Wyvis, exploding into genial laughter.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • But the sexagenarian human chattel was mercilessly scrutinized.

    Hubert's Wife

    Minnie Mary Lee
  • It is not for me, a sexagenarian already, to expect that I shall.

  • We do hope that the days of sexagenarian appointments are past.

    Barchester Towers

    Anthony Trollope
  • Pray, who may be the sexagenarian, whose gossip is very amusing?

  • A very handsome young wife,' would lay commands on a sexagenarian vigilance while adding to his physical glory.

  • George Nicol, styled by Beloe in his sexagenarian a superb bookseller, was a man of great influence in his day.

    Prices of Books Henry B. Wheatley
  • Though the vehicle was a sexagenarian, the animals that drew it, were but six-year colts.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for sexagenarian

sexagenarian

/ˌsɛksədʒɪˈnɛərɪən/
noun
1.
a person from 60 to 69 years old
adjective
2.
being from 60 to 69 years old
3.
of or relating to a sexagenarian
Derived Forms
sexagenary (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
n.

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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