Share this entry

third age Line breaks: third age

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of third age in English:

noun

(the third age) British
The period in life of active retirement, following middle age.
Example sentences
  • Many hope that the new age of retirement - the third age - will bring other opportunities and rewards - study, travel, volunteer work to name a few, not to mention health and access to the latest medical advances.
  • It also turned out that the welfare state could not cope with the huge health costs in the third age - the age of physical decline.
  • I've always maintained that, on moving into the third age, it's much better not to be a retired whatever and that, rather, one should aim to become something else, something new.

Derivatives

third ager

1
noun
Example sentences
  • And the prospect of young-at-heart ‘third agers’ viewing York as their playground is beguiling, if a little scary.
  • A growing number of schools are responding to the academic needs of third agers by offering programs that enable nontraditional students to complete degrees amidst careers and other obligations.
  • The typical third ager is also educated, with 86 percent having been to college.

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources