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 seventy (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 Gradually, the group began to take stylistic digressions, with the same sort of imaginative confidence that David Byrne and the Talking Heads had in the late seventies. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "The 1975 Has More to Say," 25 May 2020 At 47, Soro is the youngest major politician in a country dominated by men well into their seventies, and his social-media savvy — 963,000 followers on Twitter — and penchant for bling resonate with a new generation of voters. Anthony Halpin,, "Alpha Dog Putin Shows Meeker Side With Erdogan," 29 Apr. 2020 Some of them were older than I, in their sixties and seventies. Geoffrey Owens,, "Actor, Former Trader Joe's Employee Geoffrey Owens: Grocery Workers Show 'True Heroism' amid Coronavirus," 1 Apr. 2020 The decision to spend time in a remote location makes sense for the duke and duchess, who are both in their seventies and, as a result, at a . Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Have Left London Amid Coronavirus Outbreak," 22 Mar. 2020 Back in the sixties and seventies a boy could still run off to play alone during the idyllic era between rural-agrarian America, when kids worked the land, and today’s suburban-urban America, when kids embrace indoor entertainment. New York Times, "‘The Adventurer’s Son,’ by Roman Dial: An Excerpt," 18 Feb. 2020 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

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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 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce seventy (audio)

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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