decade

noun
de·​cade | \ ˈde-ˌkād How to pronounce decade (audio) , de-ˈkād; especially sense 1b ˈde-kəd\

Definition of decade

1 : a group or set of 10 his prisoners were divided into decades— William Godwin : such as
a : a period of 10 years has been teaching for over a decade the decade of the twenties
b Roman Catholicism : a division of the rosary that consists primarily of 10 Hail Marys
2 mathematics : a ratio of 10 to 1 : order of magnitude

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Other Words from decade

decadal \ ˈde-​kə-​dᵊl How to pronounce decadal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of decade in a Sentence

The war lasted nearly a decade. The bridge was built a decade ago. The decade of the 1920s runs from January 1, 1920 to December 31, 1929. the first decade of the 21st century There have been a lot of changes during the past two decades.
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Judith Clark, the getaway driver in a 1981 armored car robbery in suburban New York that left two police officers and a security guard dead, has been granted parole after spending nearly four decades in prison, state officials said Wednesday. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Getaway Driver in Deadly 1981 Brinks Heist Is Granted Parole," 17 Apr. 2019 The relevance of Big’s story in 2019 shows that this struggle is one that continues to exist for young black people, even decades after the original was penned. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, ""Native Son" Reflects a World Where Young Black Men Are Often Set Up to Fail," 16 Apr. 2019 Soon the demands of the looming show draw us from this cozy aerie to the fitting room, where some 60 Gucci design assistants—poster children for Michele’s eclectic-looking assemblages of pan-decade garments—have been waiting. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Wild World of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele," 15 Apr. 2019 An international team made of more than 200 astronomers working for a decade-plus have captured a picture of a black hole named Pōwehi. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How They Got the Black Hole Picture That Changed Science," 10 Apr. 2019 Edwards has been photographing the royal family for more than four decades, and Prince William grew up seeing him on a regular basis. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Might Not Pose for Hospital Photos With Their Newborn Baby," 4 Apr. 2019 Magazine The genesis of the Equinox Hotel goes back over a decade, to pre-recession 2007. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 Similarly, Instagram is filled with fan accounts dedicated to the pop culture and style of basically every decade, including the ’00s; follow a bunch of them and suddenly time is a flat circle. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 But people who watch his show or who’ve observed the GOP in action over the past several decades know what just what the movement stands for. Glamour, "Tucker Carlson Said Furious Women Should Watch Him. Here’s What I See.," 19 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of decade

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decade

Middle English, from Middle French décade, from Late Latin decad-, decas, from Greek dekad-, dekas, from deka — see deca-

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decade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of decade

: a period of 10 years especially : a 10-year period beginning with a year ending in 0

decade

noun
de·​cade | \ ˈde-ˌkād How to pronounce decade (audio) , de-ˈkād\

Kids Definition of decade

: a period of ten years

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