\ ˈā-tē How to pronounce eighty (audio) \
plural eighties

Definition of eighty

1 : a number that is equal to eight times 10 — see Table of Numbers
2 eighties plural : the numbers 80 to 89 specifically : the years 80 to 89 in a lifetime or century

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Other Words from eighty

eightieth \ ˈā-​tē-​əth How to pronounce eightieth (audio) \ adjective or noun
eighty adjective
eighty pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of eighty in a Sentence

The temperature rose to the high eighties. She is in her mid-eighties.
Recent Examples on the Web But, travelling the country, I routinely am picked up by people in their seventies and sometimes eighties doing their next jobs. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Old Is Too Old to Work?," 8 Mar. 2020 One of those, an Anchor Point man reported to be in his eighties, was tested only after being admitted to the hospital for other serious health problems. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska’s summer tourism season nears, a mix of unease, resistance and hope at the end of the road," 11 May 2020 The two writers are tied together in my mind (Berry, now in his eighties, was a student of Stegner, who died in 1993) and have become a touchstone in difficult times. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "What Environmentalism Can Teach Us About Staying Home," 12 Apr. 2020 The glamorous eighties modernism of Trump Tower in Manhattan is transformed by the equally glamorous neoclassical mode favored in Las Vegas. Bruce Handy, The New Yorker, "Just Add Columns! Trump’s Proposed Face-Lift for Federal Buildings," 24 Feb. 2020 Tucked away in his archive were more than two thousand rolls of film from the nineteen-seventies and eighties, which had for some reason slipped through the cracks. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, "Bruce Gilden’s Gritty Vision of a Lost New York," 11 Nov. 2019 Amazonia hits the eighties every day, too warm and humid to feel comfortable suited up for wetland birding in long pants and rubber boots. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 For 2018/19, New Balance set out to recreate the popular (if ugly) 2008/09 away kit, which itself was an attempt to recreate the popular (but attractive) away kits of the late eighties. SI.com, "Ranking Every Liverpool New Balance Kit as Reds Prepare to Switch to Nike," 29 Sep. 2019 Marie also enjoyed ballroom and line dancing with other seniors at the West Hartford Senior Center and walked several miles each day until her late eighties at West Farms Mall. courant.com, "Marie L. Kruczek," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of eighty

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eighty

Middle English eighty, adjective, from Old English eahtatig, short for hundeahtatig, noun, group of eighty, from hund-, literally, hundred + eahta eight + -tig group of ten; akin to Old English tīen ten

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The first known use of eighty was before the 12th century

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“Eighty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eighty. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce eighty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of eighty

: the number 80
: the numbers ranging from 80 to 89
: a set of years ending in digits ranging from 80 to 89


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Kids Definition of eighty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: eight times ten : 80



Kids Definition of eighty (Entry 2 of 2)

: being eight times ten

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