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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 \ 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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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 The night ended with a touch of eighties style and contemporary dissonance. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "A Sidelined Wall Street Legend Bets on Bitcoin," 10 Apr. 2018 Ben’s mother raised him and two daughters in the Wells during the seventies and eighties. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration," 19 May 2018 One of Craig's favorite stories involved an older couple in their eighties who met in a nursing home. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lyle Husar Designs celebrates 50 years and announces new location, name in Brookfield," 16 May 2018 Several ruggedly handsome men played the part in the seventies and eighties in the ads. Peter King, SI.com, "Six Ways To Draft Day: How First Half-Dozen Picks May Go," 15 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of eighty

: the number 80

eighties : 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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