I read something about the oldest living people the other day. The article used a word that described someone born in the 19th century. I remember it distinctly because the definition stated that it included people born before December 31st 1900, and I found that interesting that it would include the first year of the new millennium (I get it, no year zero). I think it started with an “N”.

I have looked for an hour and a half now and for the life of me cannot find it anywhere.

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    – ermanen
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 23:18
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    This article uses the term "supercentenarian" for the people born before 1900: usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/09/05/…
    – ermanen
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 23:47
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    Victorian a person who lived during the Victorian (Queen Victoria) period. If we talking about an Italian, at a stretch, Garibaldian could be used.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 23:53
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    Something makes me think that someone on Latin SE could come up with something.
    – Spencer
    Commented Aug 3, 2017 at 2:48
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    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Morano this supercentenarian who died in April 2017 was apparently the last documented person to have been born before 1st January 1900. The article does not seem to mention a specific word for 'a person born in the 19th century.' The closest word to express the meaning of extreme age would be 'supercentenarian' which is defined as over 110 years of age. Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 0:03

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Would it not depend in a large part on their country of Birth?

Someone born in the US in 1810 (the 19th Century) is of the Federalist Period while someone born in England in the 1880's (still the 19th Century) is Edwardian.

The only generic moniker that comes to mind is "He (pardon the pronoun) is a real 19th Century man.

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    Wouldn't someone born in the UK in the 1880s be called Victorian? Queen Victoria was on the throne until 1901. Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 18:26

Nonagenerian,noun ▸someone who is between 90 and 99 years old

Centenarian. noun ▸someone who is 100 years old or older

Supercentenarian. :a person who is 110 years old or older

Assuming one of these, your source is probably 7 to 27 years old.

  • It seems to me that the OP is looking for a word that is not reliant on the relative difference in time but the fixed century Commented May 5, 2018 at 21:08

The Interbellum Generation is the name for persons born from 1900-1913. The Greatest Generation (The Veterans) are persons born from 1914-1930. The Silent Generation are persons born from 1930-1945. Baby Boomers are persons born from 1946-1960.

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    Supporting evidence? You may well be right, but how can we know?
    – David
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 22:05
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    Hello, Schelling. Sadly, you're giving information about people born in the 20th Century. Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 22:26
  • Decemnonocentarian - noting the difference from decemnonocentenarian Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 22:40
  • Generation names: genconnection.com/lmu/5th/… 'Interbellum' referring to the fact that they came of age (18+) in the period between the first and second world wars. Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 0:21

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