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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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 But more impressive even than Lisa, was a couple in their mid-seventies. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "I Went to a Romantic Nudist Couples Resort With My Sister," 6 Apr. 2018 In Europe during the seventies, there was no such thing as frozen food. Longreads, "“We All Had the Same Acid Flashback at the Same Time”: The New American Cuisine," 29 Mar. 2018 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

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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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