retired because of age or infirmity.
too old for use, work, service, or a position.
antiquated or obsolete: superannuated ideas.

Origin of superannuated

1625–35; alteration (with -u- of annual) of Medieval Latin superannātus over a year old (said of cattle), equivalent to super ann(um) beyond a year + -ātus -ate1; see -ed2



verb (used with object), su·per·an·nu·at·ed, su·per·an·nu·at·ing.

to allow to retire from service or office on a pension because of age or infirmity.
to set aside as out of date; remove as too old.

verb (used without object), su·per·an·nu·at·ed, su·per·an·nu·at·ing.

to be or become old, out of date, or retired.

Origin of superannuate

First recorded in 1640–50; back formation from superannuated Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for superannuated

antiquated, outmoded, dated, aged, old, old-fashioned, outdated, obsolete, senile, passe

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British Dictionary definitions for superannuated



discharged, esp with a pension, owing to age or illness
too old to serve usefully

Word Origin for superannuated

C17: from Medieval Latin superannātus aged more than one year, from Latin super- + annus a year


verb (tr)

to pension off
to discard as obsolete or old-fashioned
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Word Origin and History for superannuated

"retired on account of old age," 1630s, "obsolete, out of date," from Medieval Latin superannuatus "more than a year old" (of cattle), from Latin super "beyond, over" (see super-) + annus "year" (see annual).



1640s, back-formation from superannuated. Related: Superannuating.

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