PRONUNCIATION: (si-NEK-ti-tood, -tyood)

MEANING: noun: Old age.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin senectus (old age), from senex (old). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sen- (old), which is also the ancestor of senior, sir, sire, senate, senile, Spanish señor, and surly (which is an alteration of sirly, as in sir-ly). Earliest documented use: 1796.

SELECTITUDE - good taste

BENECTITUDE - saintliness

SENECTITUNE - a Golden Oldie