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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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Examples for nonagenarian
  • On rounds early the next morning, the two doctors stopped to see their nonagenarian.
  • His nonagenarian grandfather was dying and the entire extended family had gathered around his bed.
  • Herrera, a nonagenarian homebound painter with arthritis, is hot.
  • 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
nonagenarian
1804, coined in Eng. from L. nonagenarius "containing ninety" (in L.L. "someone ninety years old"), from nonagen "ninety each," from nonus "ninth" (see nones).
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