\ 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.

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The film also has a distinct eighties vibe that harkens back to the classic rom-com days of Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Reminder: Noah Centineo Will Be in Another Netflix Rom-Com Literally Next Week," 28 Aug. 2018 But the rise of terrazzo commingled with another trend: the return of everything eighties. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "How Terrazzo Moved Out From Under Our Feet to Absolutely Everywhere," 18 Jan. 2019 Really small, weird rooms and like a lot of eighties houses, with interesting things layered on top of this 1926 jewel. Joanna Saltz, House Beautiful, "Five Designers on How to Make Old Things New Again," 8 Feb. 2019 And her superhero-like ability to keep dishing out justice well into her eighties. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "RBG Wore a Collar Gifted to Her by a Fan in Her New Supreme Court Portrait," 16 Dec. 2018 Sarah Larson writes in the New Yorker: For pop-culture enthusiasts of the seventies and eighties, news of the death of Burt Reynolds, at age eighty-two, of a heart attack, in Jupiter, Florida, may have come as an unexpected shock. James Freeman, WSJ, "Burt Reynolds and Washington’s ‘Senior’ Suspects," 7 Sep. 2018 His slightly melancholy songs have echoes of R&B, hip-hop, eighties synthesizer pop, and American folk music. Carina Chocano, Vogue, "Khalid Talks High School Prom, Going Platinum, and Getting A New Puppy," 20 June 2018 Slowly but surely though, the eighties have been making their way back to the forefront of pop culture—from television (like Stranger Things) to fashion (hello, 1982's leg-o'-mutton sleeves) and now to beauty. Djuna Bel, Glamour, "It's Time to Give '80s Beauty Another Shot," 28 June 2018 So Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, when putting the game plan together with Doug Pederson, must be mindful of making this a power-running, Giants-of-the-eighties football game. Peter King, SI.com, "Wild-Card Wows By Drew Brees, Saints Set Up NFL Divisional Playoff Matchup For The Ages," 8 Jan. 2018

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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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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


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

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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