decade

noun
de·​cade | \ ˈde-ˌkād , 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 \ 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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More than two decades after the 1994 genocide, Rwanda's top-down policies actively enforce women’s empowerment at all levels. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 Best known for co-creating The View, Bill has more than two decades of experience in the industry. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "All the Details About Tamron Hall's New Show You Need to Know," 22 Jan. 2019 Frank Lloyd Wright's Boulter House lands on the market this Friday, complete with decade-appropriate decor. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "You Can Live In A Frank Lloyd Wright Home For $695K," 16 Jan. 2019 Being married for a decade-plus does not mean that romance should be flushed down the toilet. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "15 Lessons I’ve Learned in 15 Years of Marriage," 8 Jan. 2019 Historic launch towers — the site of launches dating back decades — landed in a pile of rubble at 7:03 a.m. The Web Staff, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Launch towers at Cape Canaveral demolished in planned explosion: report," 12 July 2018 Lead wicks have been banned in the United States for almost two decades. Sam Gutierrez, House Beautiful, "Are Your Favorite Candles Slowly Poisoning You?," 26 Dec. 2018 Consider this: Chinese tourism is a new phenomenon, just over two decades old. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Chinese Tourists Are Changing the Travel Landscape," 2 Nov. 2018 Johnson & Johnson has been court-ordered to pay out a record-setting $110.5 million to a Virginia woman who claims to have developed ovarian cancer after using the company's products for more than four decades. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Johnson & Johnson Was Ordered to Pay a Record-Setting Verdict [Update]," 16 July 2018

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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 , de-ˈkād\

Kids Definition of decade

: a period of ten years

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