senior citizen

senior citizen
senior citizen

• She is a retired person, a senior citizen, you might say —Barbara Pym, 1977.

Senior citizen is a modern euphemism (first recorded in the 1930s) for an elderly person or old-age pensioner, and is more politically correct because it refers positively to status rather than negatively to age. It is now widely used in official contexts.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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