Definition of third age in English:

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third age


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(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.


third ager

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.
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