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What does quinquagenarian mean?
A quinquagenarian is someone in their 50s (50 to 59 years old), or someone who is 50 years old.
Quinquagenarian can also be used as an adjective to describe someone in their 50s, as in I never thought I’d be a quinquagenarian grandmother, or things related to such a person, as in I have entered my quinquagenarian years.
Quinquagenerian is rarely used. Such words are much more commonly used for older people, especially septuagenarians and octogenarians.
Example: Today is my last day as a quinquagenarian—tomorrow I begin my 60s!
Where does quinquagenarian come from?
The first records of the word quinquagenarian come from the 1500s, but it wasn’t used to refer to age until the 1800s. It was originally used to refer to a commander of 50 soldiers. It comes from the Latin word quinquāgēnārius, meaning “containing fifty,” from quinquāgēnī, “fifty each.” The suffix -an is used to indicate a person (as seen in common words like pedestrian and historian).
Chances are that you know plenty of quinquagenarians, but you’ve never heard them called that. That’s because it’s much more common to refer to someone as a 50-year-old or describe them as in their 50s or 50-something. When it is used, it’s probably to be funny (perhaps to make someone sound older than they really are) or just to use a fancy word.
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How is quinquagenarian used in real life?
Quinquagenarian is not commonly used. When it is, it’s typically to be funny or for the sake of using a rare word.
— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) November 2, 2014
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Is quinquagenarian used correctly in the following sentence?
Somehow, he became a quinquagenarian great-uncle!
How to use quinquagenarian in a sentence
"Monsieur Foullepointe, my dear," says Adolphe, presenting the worthy quinquagenarian.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete|Honore de Balzac