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ninety

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noun nine·ty \ˈnīn-tē\

Simple Definition of ninety

  • : the number 90

  • nine*ties : the numbers ranging from 90 to 99

  • : a set of years ending in digits ranging from 90 to 99

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ninety

plural nineties

  1. 1 — see number table

  2. 2 plural :  the numbers 90 to 99; specifically :  the years 90 to 99 in a lifetime or century

ninetieth play \-tē-əth\ adjective or noun
ninety adjective
ninety pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of ninety in a sentence

  1. During the nineties, he was going to college and working part-time.



Origin of ninety

Middle English ninety, adjective, from Old English nigontig, short for hundnigontig, from hundnigontig, noun, group of 90, from hund-, literally, hundred + nigon nine + -tig group of 10; akin to Old English tīen ten


First Known Use: before 12th century

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NINETY Defined for Kids

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ninety

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adjective nine·ty \ˈnīn-tē\

Definition of ninety for Students

  1. :  being nine times ten




2

ninety

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noun nine·ty

Definition of ninety for Students

  1. :  nine times ten :  90





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