plural eighties
: a number that is equal to eight times 10 see Table of Numbers
eighties plural : the numbers 80 to 89
specifically : the years 80 to 89 in a lifetime or century
eightieth 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 John Paredes grew up in the Philippines, where, in the eighties, his grandmother and step-grandfather were sentenced to death by a military court for opposing the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 8 May 2024 And with good reason: the Tyrrhenian Sea is sparkling, blue, and beckoning, the temperatures in the high eighties, and the citrus groves plump with lemons. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 1 May 2024 These were not mental illnesses that required hospitalization but, rather, symptoms of the hard conditions that people were under in the eighties. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2024 By the dawn of the nineties, the culture had only doubled down on the worship of wealth, beauty, and glamour that dominated the eighties. Jason Sheeler, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2024 So much theory of the eighties and nineties was this mode of interrogating which was ostensibly meant to liberate subsequent generations from either identifying or being identified in a certain way. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 7 Apr. 2024 There was also a show in the eighties focused around a Pyramid, with several monetary values in the title – one being the $100,000 Pyramid. Andrew Rosen, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Willetts is a tall, genial man, who worked for Margaret Thatcher’s policy unit in the eighties. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Most respondents said someone in their eighties could make for an effective president but would be less capable in other occupations. Javier Zarracina, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
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 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural eighties
: a number that is equal to eight times 10 see number
eightieth adjective or noun
eighty adjective or pronoun

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