A person who is 50 years old or between the ages of 50 and 60.
1. Being 50 years old or between the ages of 50 and 60.
2. Of or relating to a quinquagenarian.
[From Latin quīnquāgēnārius, containing fifty, from quīnquāgēnī, fifty each, from quīnquāgintā, fifty; see penkwe in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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