nonagenarian

[non-uh-juh-nair-ee-uhn, noh-nuh-]
adjective
1.
of the age of 90 years, or between 90 and 100 years old.
noun
2.
a nonagenarian person.

Origin:
1795–1805; < Latin nōnāgēnāri(us) containing ninety, consisting of ninety (nōnāgēn(ī) ninety each + -ārius -ary) + -an

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nonagenarian (ˌnəʊnədʒɪˈnɛərɪən)
 
n
1.  a person who is from 90 to 99 years old
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or denoting a nonagenarian
 
[C19: from Latin nōnāgēnārius, from nōnāginta ninety]

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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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Example sentences
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.
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