seventy

noun
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.

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It’s big, roughly seven by nine feet, depicting a scene in an over-the-top teen-age girl’s bedroom from the seventies: twelve-inch TV, princess telephone, chemical colors, with a bedspread in the center. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, "The Weird, Violent, Uplifting Paintings of Mark Greenwold," 26 June 2019 On top of that, the Eco Trail is a handsome sleeping bag, thanks to its retro seventies colors, styling, and sewn label. Will Egensteiner, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Camping Gear at Summer Outdoor Retailer," 19 June 2019 On the other side, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, is an unreconstructed seventies socialist who presents as a refugee from the pre-Thatcher Winter of Discontent when undertakers went on strike. Tina Brown, Time, "Tina Brown: How Britain Lost the Plot Over Brexit," 6 June 2019 The interior's not bad either: compact and cool, with a restrained but eclectic décor that includes seventies-style leather armchairs, dark, textured, industrial-chic walls, and a luminous bar. Maresa Manara, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Spots for Aperitivo in Rome," 1 Mar. 2018 Wearing modern pieces steeped in seventies nostalgia, KiKi Layne and Stephan James—the young leads of Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk—find love in the cityscape of Harlem. Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, "Love in Harlem," 11 Dec. 2018 Watching my mom apply fragrance in that very specific way women did in the seventies: behind her ears. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Charlize Theron on the Power of Being a Woman," 28 Nov. 2018 Buy It: Borg Lined Corduroy Jacket, $125, Topshop Topshop's borg jackets have a quintessential seventies feel and the matching pink shearling lining is a nice touch. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "The Perfect Fall Jacket is $655—so I found 11 Under $150 Instead," 26 Oct. 2018 The aspirational afros rocked by sixties activist Angela Davis and seventies vocal powerhouse Chaka Khan were a robust study in curl power. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Curls of All Time, from Marilyn Monroe to Rihanna," 20 July 2018

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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

noun

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

seventy

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

Kids Definition of seventy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being seven times ten

seventy

noun

Kids Definition of seventy (Entry 2 of 2)

: seven times ten : 70

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