\ ˈsiks How to pronounce six (audio) \

Definition of six

1 : a number that is one more than five — see Table of Numbers
2 : the sixth in a set or series
3 : something having six units or members: such as
a : an ice hockey team
b : a 6-cylinder engine or automobile
at sixes and sevens
: in a state of disorder

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Other Words from six

six adjective
six pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of six in a Sentence

“What time is it?” “It's six.” I leave each day at six.

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Sophomore Kate Krueger tallied two of her game-high six goals during that opening run, helping the Lions (20-4) out to an 11-4 lead at halftime. Jake Levin,, "Walpole edges Concord-Carlisle for D1 East girls’ lacrosse title," 14 June 2019 With no continuity in the dugout, the club that had so recently become accustomed to top-six finishes was suddenly thrust into annual relegation battles. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The American Billionaire Who Got Chewed Up by English Soccer," 30 Nov. 2018 And definitely younger than the oldest Bachelor in the show's history: season six's Byron Velvick, who was 40 at the time. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "On The Bachelor, A Woman Over 27 Is Considered a 'Cougar'," 15 Jan. 2019 That means there’s a 26.5 percent chance those three extra sixes are a false positive. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cheat at 'Settlers of Catan' and Never Get Caught," 15 Dec. 2017 Poona Ford also had a really nice game with a career-high six tackles. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Stock Watch: Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks in their OT defeat to the 49ers," 16 Dec. 2018 Rosen — the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft — promptly threw an interception and had another pick-six called back because of a fortunate defensive penalty. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Five things to know about the Seahawks’ next opponent: The Arizona Cardinals," 24 Sep. 2018 The Gunners looked at sixes and sevens defensively and Leroy Fer almost made them pay the price by driving from his own half into the penalty box but his tame effort was easily collected by Cech., "Swansea 3-1 Arsenal: Clucas Double & Cech Howler Give Swansea Vital Win as Mkhitaryan Makes Debut," 30 Jan. 2018 The 18-year-old left-hander completed four shutout innings for the second time since the draft, striking out a career-high six and scattering three hits and a walk over four shutout frames in the AZL Padres’ 3-0 win over the Rangers on Tuesday. Jeff Sanders,, "MacKenzie Gore continues stellar start to career," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of six

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for six

Middle English, from six, adjective, from Old English siex; akin to Old High German sehs six, Latin sex, Greek hex

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The first known use of six was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of six

: the number 6
: the sixth in a set or series
: six o'clock


\ ˈsiks How to pronounce six (audio) \

Kids Definition of six

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than five



Kids Definition of six (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than five : two times three : 6
2 : the sixth in a set or series

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to take the place or position of

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