sev·​en·​ty-eight ˌse-vən-tē-ˈāt How to pronounce seventy-eight (audio)
: a number that is one more than 77 see Table of Numbers
: a phonograph record designed to be played at 78 revolutions per minute
usually written 78
seventy-eight adjective
seventy-eight pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of seventy-eight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even before Monday’s indictment, Trump was facing seventy-eight counts in three pending criminal cases against him—two federal cases filed by the special counsel Jack Smith and a New York criminal case being prosecuted by the Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2023 In 1960, a New York apartment could cost seventy-eight dollars a month—roughly eight hundred dollars today. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2023 Mooney appeared from the kitchen after us, light on his feet, seeming younger than his seventy-eight years. Sierra Crane Murdoch, Harper's Magazine, 3 May 2023 And the percentage of Catholics in the Republic has fallen to seventy-eight, a number that includes many whose first language is Polish or Portuguese. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2023 From 2012 to the start of the pandemic, the number of English majors on campus at Arizona State University fell from nine hundred and fifty-three to five hundred and seventy-eight. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seventy-eight was in 1659

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“Seventy-eight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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