[ lon-jev-i-tee, lawn- ]
/ lɒnˈdʒɛv ɪ ti, lɔn- /


a long individual life; great duration of individual life: Our family is known for its longevity.
the length or duration of life: research in human longevity.
length of service, tenure, etc.; seniority: promotions based on longevity.


Nearby words

  1. longden,
  2. longe,
  3. longer,
  4. longeron,
  5. longest,
  6. longevous,
  7. longfellow,
  8. longfellow, henry wadsworth,
  9. longford,
  10. longhair

Origin of longevity

From the Latin word longaevitās, dating back to 1605–15. See longevous, -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for longevity


/ (lɒnˈdʒɛvɪtɪ) /


long life
relatively long duration of employment, service, etc
Derived Formslongevous (lɒnˈdʒiːvəs), adjective

Word Origin for longevity

C17: from Late Latin longaevitās, from Latin longaevus long-lived, from longus long 1 + aevum age

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Word Origin and History for longevity



1610s, from Late Latin longaevitatem (nominative longaevitas) "great age, long life," from Latin longaevus "long-lived," from longus (see long (adj.)) + aevum "lifetime, age" (see eon).

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Medicine definitions for longevity


[ lŏn-jĕvĭ-tē ]


Duration of an individual life beyond the norm for the species.

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