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nonagenarian

[non-uh-juh-nair-ee-uh n, noh-nuh-] /ˌnɒn ə dʒəˈnɛər i ən, ˌnoʊ nə-/
adjective
1.
of the age of 90 years, or between 90 and 100 years old.
noun
2.
a nonagenarian person.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Latin nōnāgēnāri(us) containing ninety, consisting of ninety (nōnāgēn(ī) ninety each + -ārius -ary) + -an
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  • On rounds early the next morning, the two doctors stopped to see their nonagenarian.
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  • The nonagenarian choreographer is planning for a world without him.
British Dictionary definitions for nonagenarian

nonagenarian

/ˌnəʊnədʒɪˈnɛərɪən/
noun
1.
a person who is from 90 to 99 years old
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or denoting a nonagenarian
Word Origin
C19: from Latin nōnāgēnārius, from nōnāginta ninety
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Word Origin and History for nonagenarian
n.

1776, coined in English with -an + Latin nonagenarius "containing ninety" (in Late Latin "someone ninety years old"), from nonagen "ninety each," related to nonaginta "the number ninety," from nonus "ninth" (see nones) + -genaria "ten times," from PIE *dkm-ta-, from *dekm- "ten" (see ten). As an adjective from 1893.

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