August 18, 2016
- longevity (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : long life or continuance2 : length of life
- How do you use it?
- As she approaches her 103rd birthday, Grandma says that her longevity can be attributed to daily doses of fresh air and laughter.
- Are you a word wiz?
The Buzzword team has come up with a list of things, only one of which is an example of something with longevity. Which do you think it is?However long we might want a popsicle or summer night or fireworks display to last, those things can't compare in longevity to a giant oak tree. Some kinds of oak trees can live for several hundred years! The word "longevity" is also several hundred years old. Evidence of it dates back to the early 1600s. The word comes from the Latin word "longaevus," meaning "long-lived," which is in turn from the Latin "longus," meaning "long," and "aevum," meaning "age." "Longus" also gave us "longitude" and "prolong," and "aevum" also gave us "age" and "eternal."