sexagenarian

[ sek-suh-juh-nair-ee-uhn ]
/ ˌsɛk sə dʒəˈnɛər i ən /

adjective

of the age of 60 years or between 60 and 70 years old.

noun

a sexagenarian person.

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Origin of sexagenarian

1730–40; <Latin sexāgēnāri(us) sexagenary + -an
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What does sexagenarian mean?

A sexagenarian is someone in their 60s (60 to 69 years old), or someone who is 60 years old.

Sexagenarian can also be used as an adjective to describe someone in their 60s, as in Our audience is mostly made up of sexagenarian women, or things related to such a person, as in I have entered my sexagenarian years. 

It’s one of several similar terms used to refer to a person of a certain age, including quadragenarian (40s), quinquagenarian (50s), septuagenarian (70s), octogenarian (80s), and nonagenarian (90s).

Such words are more commonly used as people get older: sexagenarian is more common than quadragenarian and quinquagenarian, which are rarely used. Septuagenarian and octogenarian are even more commonly used.

Another word for sexagenarian is sexegenary.

Example: Today is my last day as a sexagenarian—tomorrow I begin my 70s!

Where does sexagenarian come from?

The word sexagenarian comes from the Latin word sexāgēnārius, from sexāgēnī, meaning “sixty each,” from sexāgintā, “sixty.” 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 60-year-old or describe them as in their 60s or 60-something than to call them a sexagenarian. But sexagenarian is used as a fancy or fun way of referring to someone of that age, including by sexagenarians who apply it to themselves. As much fun as it is to say, it’s perhaps more often used in writing. It’s especially used in the context of highlighting a person who’s doing something that may be surprising for their age, as in My sexagenarian yoga instructor is way more flexible than I am.

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What are some synonyms for sexagenarian?

  • sexagenary
  • 60-year-old
  • sixty-year-old
  • 60-something
  • sixty-something

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How is sexagenarian used in real life?

Sexagenarian is often used to be fancy or funny when referring to 60-somethings.

 

 

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Is sexagenarian used correctly in the following sentence?

Most of my fondest memories have come from my sexagenarian years.

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British Dictionary definitions for sexagenarian

sexagenarian
/ (ˌsɛksədʒɪˈnɛərɪən) /

noun

a person from 60 to 69 years old

adjective

being from 60 to 69 years old
of or relating to a sexagenarian

Derived forms of sexagenarian

sexagenary (sɛkˈsædʒɪnərɪ), adjective, noun

Word Origin for sexagenarian

C18: from Latin sexāgēnārius, from sexāgēnī sixty each, from sexāgintā sixty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012