sev·​en·​ty | \ ˈse-vən-tē How to pronounce seventy (audio) , ˈse-bᵊm-, -dē \
plural seventies

Definition of seventy

1 : a number equal to seven times 10 — see Table of Numbers
2 seventies plural : the numbers 70 to 79 specifically : the years 70 to 79 in a lifetime or century
3 capitalized : a Mormon elder ordained for missionary work under the apostles

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Other Words from seventy

seventieth \ ˈse-​vən-​tē-​əth How to pronounce seventieth (audio) , ˈse-​bᵊm-​ , -​dē-​ \ adjective or noun
seventy adjective
seventy pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of seventy in a Sentence

She is in her seventies.
Recent Examples on the Web The seven people – four males and three females – were all family members in their thirties and seventies. The Enquirer,, "Coronavirus in Cincinnati: 9 local patients with COVID-19 and counting," 19 Mar. 2020 The other remarkable gift to my mid-seventies was winning the Grammy for album of the year with Daft Punk. Katherine Turman, Billboard, "'Phantom of the Paradise' at 45: Composer/Star Paul Williams Talks the Bizarro Cult Fave," 31 Oct. 2019 The ages span from early twenties to mid-seventies, and the group turns out to be resoundingly Caucasian. Barrett Swanson, Harper's magazine, "Men at Work," 28 Oct. 2019 Authorities are searching for an academic couple in their seventies who vanished during a getaway in the woods of Northern California. Justin Phillips,, "Missing elderly Marin couple found alive," 22 Feb. 2020 And Kamala on Wednesday, in a brown turtleneck, seventies-feminist-style underneath her suit jacket, might just have been the most covetable look of winter 2020 thus far, in or out of the Capitol. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The sartorial style highlights of the Trump impeachment trial," 1 Feb. 2020 Growing up in the seventies during all the economic troubles and crime boom — nothing was fun for us. NBC News, ""Why We Can't Sleep" explores what a midlife crisis looks like for Gen X women," 22 Jan. 2020 With several Democratic candidates in their seventies, and President Trump himself aged 73, the election’s outcome could result in America having its oldest elected president ever. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Sanna Marin, 34, Is Finland’s Newest—and the World’s Youngest—Prime Minister," 12 Dec. 2019 In the sixties and seventies, residents complained they felt overrun by hippie squatters. Josh Marcus, Outside Online, "Has Overtourism Killed Big Sur?," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of seventy

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seventy

seventy, adjective, from Middle English, from Old English seofontig, short for hundseofontig, from hundseofontig, noun, group of seventy, from hund hundred + seofon seven + -tig group of ten; akin to Old English tīen ten

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“Seventy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of seventy

: the number 70
: the numbers ranging from 70 to 79
: a set of years ending in digits ranging from 70 to 79


sev·​en·​ty | \ ˈse-vən-tē How to pronounce seventy (audio) , -dē \

Kids Definition of seventy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being seven times ten



Kids Definition of seventy (Entry 2 of 2)

: seven times ten : 70

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