sev·​en·​ty ˈse-vən-tē How to pronounce seventy (audio)
plural seventies
: a number equal to seven times 10 see Table of Numbers
seventies plural : the numbers 70 to 79
specifically : the years 70 to 79 in a lifetime or century
capitalized : a Mormon elder ordained for missionary work under the apostles
ˈse-vən-tē-əth How to pronounce seventy (audio)
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 shield is a nod to the original shield that the team wore in the seventies. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 And in the sixties and seventies, like, there was an era of mathematics where abstraction was making huge strides in simplifying and unifying a lot of mathematics that was previously very empirical. Quanta Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 In 1979, Maurice Oberstein, an American record man who helped build CBS Records U.K. into a powerhouse in the late seventies, hired Grainge as an A. & R. scout on the publishing side. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 The members, now in their seventies, had been laying low ever since. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 17 Jan. 2024 Now where is that bottle of wine—for the recipe? Get The Recipe 06 of 15 Quiche Lorraine Fast and fancy, a quiche was featured in nearly every issue of the seventies, but none was more popular than Quiche Lorraine. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 3 Jan. 2024 But Simmons and Stanley are both in their seventies at this point. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 3 Dec. 2023 The animation style is sort of a mashup of Hayao Miyazaki style animation and Mobius animation, like the illustrator and animator from the seventies and eighties who was in... Michael Calore, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2023 As in the seventies, much of this research tries to model psychological ailments, despite scientists’ having written for decades that more research is needed to figure out whether animals—and which kind of animals—provide a useful analogue for mental illness in humans. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seventy was in the 12th century

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“Seventy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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sev·​en·​ty ˈsev-ən-tē How to pronounce seventy (audio)
plural seventies
: a number equal to seven times 10 see number
seventieth adjective or noun
seventy adjective or pronoun

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