sev·​en·​ty | \ˈse-vən-tē, 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, 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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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 The revolution begun by the winemakers and the vineyard scientists of Davis back in the nineteen-sixties and seventies has in some ways paid off beyond anyone’s ambitions. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "A Vintner’s Quest to Create a Truly American Wine," 14 May 2018 Test your knowledge on when the most popular products of the sixties, seventies, eighties, and more hit shelves. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Guess When Your Favorite Childhood Toys Hit Shelves?," 29 June 2018 Lynch, now in his seventies, is recounting memorable moments of his boyhood in Boise, Idaho. Charlotte Shane, The New Republic, "Living in David Lynch’s Art Life," 26 June 2018 He was shown allowing the older American — Trump, in his seventies, is more than twice Kim’s age — to lean in toward him to shake hands, or give a thumbs up, then walking a few steps ahead to a working lunch. Washington Post, "After summit, North Korea shows Trump in new light," 14 June 2018 An elderly couple—in their seventies according to The Sun—took the hit the hardest, and were nearly pulled out into the surf before being rescued by others at the scene. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Why You Don't Go Down to the Beach During a Storm," 10 Feb. 2016 So the men, all in their fifties, sixties, and seventies, simply unload their cargo and begin hauling heavy sacks on foot more than a half mile to the launch point. Ivan Watson, Jungeun Kim, Stella Ko And Jo Shelley, CNN, "Messages in bottles sent across the sea to North Korea," 17 May 2018 Think about Michael Milken and Drexel Burnham in the late seventies and early eighties. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "A Sidelined Wall Street Legend Bets on Bitcoin," 10 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of seventy

: the number 70

seventies : 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, -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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