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What does centenarian mean?
A centenarian is someone who is 100 years old or older.
Centenarian can also be used as an adjective to describe someone who’s 100 or older, as in The ceremony honored centenarian veterans, or things related to such a person, as in I have entered my centenarian years.
It’s one of several similar terms used to refer to a person of a certain age, including quadragenarian (40s), quinquagenarian (50s), sexagenarian (60s), septuagenarian (70s), octogenarian (80s), and nonagenarian (90s).
Someone who is 110 years or older can be called a supercentenarian. Actually, if you’re 110 or older, you can be called whatever you want.
Example: I can’t believe I’m going to be a centenarian—tomorrow I turn 100!
Where does centenarian come from?
Centenarian comes from the Latin word centenāri(us), from centēn(ī), meaning “a hundred each,” from cent(um), “one hundred.” The suffix -an is used to indicate a person (as seen in common words like pedestrian and historian).
Living to be 100 is becoming more common, but it’s still somewhat rare. The word centenarian is often used in celebration of the achievement, or as a fancy or fun way of referring to someone of that age. As much fun as it is to say, it’s perhaps more often used in writing. It’s also used in the context of highlighting a person who’s doing something that may be surprising for their age, as in These centenarians who still exercise every day never cease to impress me.
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How is centenarian used in real life?
Centenarian is often used in a celebratory way.
— World Economic Forum (@wef) July 18, 2020
I'm vacating my home for two weeks to give it to a colleague to self-isolate and moving in with Grandma Hopper. I suspect all kinds of Bosom Buddy hijinks will shortly follow, except with centenarian war widows.
— Tristin Hopper (@TristinHopper) July 21, 2020
For Vermonter Jane Curtis, patriotism means protest. The centenarian activist has spent her life fighting for the causes and country she believes in. https://t.co/ZoQ69SXzgH
— The Christian Science Monitor (@csmonitor) July 15, 2020
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Is centenarian used correctly in the following sentence?
I can’t believe I’m nearing my centenarian years—40 seems like yesterday.
How to use centenarian in a sentence
Rather than “a mere consequence of aging,” these changes in the gut microbiome could potentially protect centenarians against infections and other environmental stressors, helping them maintain their health with age, the authors said.
It was also stable in samples collected over one to two years, even though the authors didn’t control the centenarians’ diets, suggesting it’s not a buggy fluke.
By comparing the gut microbiomes of 160 centenarians with those of the elderly and young, the team found that centenarians had a particular signature to the strains of bacteria in their microbiome.
An estimated 325,000 of these nonagenarians and centenarians are still with us, with stories to tell.One man’s urgent mission: Photographing World War II veterans before they’re gone|Jessica Contrera|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
One study, for example, found that centenarians lived much longer than people born around the same time in the same environment.The Secret to a Long, Healthy Life Is in the Genes of the Oldest Humans Alive|Shelly Fan|August 10, 2020|Singularity Hub
Centenarian Alice Lee is the oldest lawyer still practicing in Alabama.Harper Lee’s Sister, Alice, Is 100, Still Practices Law, and Remembers Everything|Mary McDonagh Murphy|April 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She crammed enough experience into a career of forty-two years to have surfeited a centenarian.Lola Montez|Edmund B. d'Auvergne
A centenarian in the Shetlands, says a news agency, has never heard of Mr. Lloyd George.
The oldest man among them, a centenarian, was employed in plaiting straw for hats.The Lost Lady of Lone|E.D.E.N. Southworth
The centenarian is sitting dreaming over the past when he hears a wagon rumbling to the front door.The Wedding Ring|T. De Witt Talmage
This learned centenarian became a member of the Antiquarian Society in 1839, and his death was noticed at the last meeting.