adjective Also oc·tog·e·nar·y [ok-toj-uh-ner-ee]. /ɒkˈtɒdʒ əˌnɛr i/.
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Origin of octogenarian
OTHER WORDS FROM octogenarianoc·to·ge·nar·i·an·ism, noun
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What does octogenarian mean?
An octogenarian is someone in their 80s (80 to 89 years old), or someone who is 80 years old.
Octogenarian can also be used as an adjective to describe someone in their 80s, as in Our audience is mostly made up of octogenarian women, or things related to such a person, as in I have entered my octogenarian years.
Such words are more commonly used as people get older: quadragenarian and quinquagenarian are rarely used, but septuagenarian and octogenarian are more commonly used.
Another less common word for octogenarian is octogenary.
Example: Today is my last day as an octogenarian—tomorrow I begin my 90s!
Where does octogenarian come from?
The word octogenarian comes from the Latin word octōgēnāri(us), meaning “containing eighty” or “eighty years old,” from octōgēn(ī), meaning “eighty each.” The suffix -an is used to indicate a person (as seen in common words like pedestrian and historian).
It’s more common to refer to someone as a 80-year-old or describe them as in their 80s or 80-something than to call them an octogenarian. But octogenarian is used as a fancy or fun way of referring to someone of that age, including by octogenarians who apply it to themselves. As much fun as it is to say, it’s perhaps more often used in writing. It’s often used in the context of highlighting a person who’s doing something that may be surprising for their age, as in My octogenarian yoga instructor is way more flexible than I am.
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- octogenarianism (noun)
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How is octogenarian used in real life?
Octogenarian is often used to be fancy or funny when referring to 80-somethings.
The journey of 20 years from sexagenarian to octogenarian 😌😍 pic.twitter.com/vPP9w3TsXY
— Dadi Chandro Tomar (@realshooterdadi) December 10, 2019
Yesterday was Little Freddie King's 80th birthday! Today from 2-4pm on WWOZ, @AndrewGrafe will be honoring the newly minted octogenarian on 'Blues Eclectic.' Listen in at 90.7 FM, locally, or https://t.co/659B3JbIlL, worldwide. pic.twitter.com/BXM3E6Ex2y
— WWOZ 90.7 FM (@wwoz_neworleans) July 20, 2020
The octogenarian couple is giving cool kids and hipsters a run for their money. ❤️https://t.co/aeOJ0FRCZ0
— Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) July 23, 2020
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Is octogenarian used correctly in the following sentence?
I can’t believe I’m nearing my octogenarian years—40 seems like yesterday.
Example sentences from the Web for octogenarian
The octogenarian Congressman is facing a tough primary against younger opponents.84 Year-Old Charlie Rangel Tries Out This Hip-Hop All The Kids Are Talking About|Olivia Nuzzi|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Today, the octogenarian still rules his self-proclaimed micro-nation alongside his wife, Rina.
Edwin Edwards is an octogenarian ex-con and reality television star who brags that Viagra is made from his blood.‘Vote for the Crook. It’s Important’: Edwin Edwards Wants Back in Congress|Ben Jacobs|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If an octogenarian novelist can surprise in January, it could be a happy new year for fiction.
Christopher Plummer, the octogenarian star of stage and screen, is showing no signs of slowing down.Christopher Plummer on Muhammad Ali and Getting a Police Horse Drunk|Marlow Stern|October 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Attempting to remount, I was as stiff and awkward as an octogenarian, and my restive mule would not stand for a moment.The Secret Service.|Albert D. Richardson
It exists for the human being who as yet is not, and for the octogenarian who is no more.What is Property?|P. J. Proudhon
Marius on that barricade after the octogenarian was the vision of the young revolution after the apparition of the old.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
The moment they appeared, the old man of the sea turned as peaceful and serene as an octogenarian English rector.Atlantis|Gerhart Hauptmann
Yet briskly enough for his years did the octogenarian walk in through the little pillared portico a moment later.The Continental Dragoon|Robert Neilson Stephens