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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
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octogenarianism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for octogenarian
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  • The scene to which it refers is a sick chamber occupied by an octogenarian grandmother, who is in extremis.

  • Old Elmer was thirty-seven, and Nicky regarded him as an octogenarian.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • The octogenarian looked surprisedly at the cloak, then at Elizabeth, then mildly asked her if she had seen his pipe.

    The Continental Dragoon Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Is not that a face which might make an octogenarian forget that he is not a boy?

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The octogenarian loves to read about people of ninety and over.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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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