septuagenarian. A septuagenarian is someone in their 70s (70 to 79 years old), or someone who is 70 years old. Some of the words we highlighted above are rarely used, but what’s interesting is that septuagenarian and octogenarian (coming next) are actually more commonly used. You may have even heard these two before.
Terms and euphemisms include old people, the elderly (worldwide usage), OAPs (British usage which stands for Old Age Pensioner), seniors (American usage), senior citizens (American usage), older adults (in the social sciences), and the elders (in many cultures—including the cultures of aboriginal people).
Who is Defined as Elderly? Typically, the elderly has been defined as the chronological age of 65 or older. People from 65 to 74 years old are usually considered early elderly, while those over 75 years old are referred to as late elderly.
(Entry 1 of 2): fifty years old: characteristic of a person of such an age.
old age, also called senescence, in human beings, the final stage of the normal life span. For statistical and public administrative purposes, however, old age is frequently defined as 60 or 65 years of age or older.
Note that by these definitions, “old” in the 1920s — 55 — is now considered “middle aged” today, and “very old” in the 1920s — 65 — is now considered merely “old” today. By these measures, women today transition out of middle age around 65, a number that has increased from the late 40s in the 1920s.
In the United States it is generally considered that a senior citizen is anyone of retirement age, or a person that has reached age 62 or older. However the standard threshold for Medicaid is age 65.
Words Related to old lady. materfamilias, matriarch, matron.
: a person whose age is in the eighties The octogenarian uses a cane for walking.
For example, a septuagenarian refers to someone in his or her seventies (age 70 to 79). The prefix in such terms is always from the Latin. For example, the Latin septuageni = seventy. Denarian: Someone age 10 to 19. Vicenarian: Someone in his or her twenties.
History and Etymology for vicennial Late Latin vicennium period of 20 years, from Latin vicies 20 times + annus year; akin to Latin viginti twenty — more at vigesimal, annual.