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[ok-tuh-juh-nair-ee-uh n] /ˌɒk tə dʒəˈnɛər i ən/
adjective, Also, octogenary
[ok-toj-uh-ner-ee] /ɒkˈtɒdʒ əˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA)
of the age of 80 years.
between 80 and 90 years old.
a person who is between 80 and 90 years old.
Origin of octogenarian
1805-15; < Latin octōgēnāri(us) comprising eighty, eighty years old (equivalent to octōgēn(ī) eighty each + -ārius -ary) + -an
Related forms
octogenarianism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for octogenarian
  • And it is not clear what his supporters here think the octogenarian king can do to rebuild this shattered nation.
  • The stylish octogenarian is, by his own account, as busy as ever.
  • He eventually married, published a book of riddles, kept inventing and died an octogenarian.
  • Sprightly, white-haired musical-theater octogenarian.
  • Another octogenarian spent her life as a soft-spoken housewife, contracted cancer, and went through chemotherapy.
  • So she asked their grandson, a psychologist, to bring the octogenarian to me for an evaluation.
  • Twenty years onward, however, the world lies at the feet of the still-active octogenarian.
  • Old people are supposed to resist change, but this octogenarian is heartily in favor of any improvement in legibility.
  • When you improve safety for an octogenarian, that means improving safety for everyone.
British Dictionary definitions for octogenarian


noun (pl) -narians, -naries
a person who is from 80 to 89 years old
of or relating to an octogenarian
Word Origin
C19: from Latin octōgēnārius containing eighty, from octōgēnī eighty each
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Word Origin and History for octogenarian

1789, with -an + French octogénaire "aged 80," from Latin octogenarius "containing eighty," from octogeni "eighty each," related to octoginta "eighty," from octo "eight" (see eight) + -genaria "ten times," from PIE *dkm-ta-, from *dekm- "ten" (see ten). As an adjective from 1784.

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octogenarian in Medicine

octogenarian oc·to·ge·nar·i·an (ŏk'tə-jə-nâr'ē-ən)
Being between 80 and 90 years of age. n.
A person between 80 and 90 years of age.

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