six·​teen | \ ˌsik-ˈstēn How to pronounce sixteen (audio) , ˈsiks-ˌtēn \

Definition of sixteen

: a number that is one more than 15 — see Table of Numbers

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Other Words from sixteen

sixteen adjective
sixteen pronoun, plural in construction
sixteenth \ ˌsik-​ˈstēn(t)th How to pronounce sixteen (audio) , ˈsiks-​ˌtēn(t)th \ adjective or noun

Examples of sixteen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the first season, half-human, half-witch Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka, Mad Men) turns sweet sixteen (on Halloween, of course). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina S3 is a mesmerizing melting pot of the macabre," 27 Jan. 2020 By next year, given current policies and potential future energy-market dynamics, the U.S. will have reduced national greenhouse-gas emissions thirteen-to-sixteen per cent below 2005 levels—not the seventeen per cent that seemed modest back in 2009. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Case for Declaring a National Climate Emergency," 11 July 2019 Beneath the game that gives the novel its plot, Raskin built a narrative substructure that consists of the intersecting identity crises experienced by the sixteen—sixteen! Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "“The Westing Game,” a Tribute to Labor That Became a Dark Comedy of American Capitalism," 13 June 2019 The pilot episode opens just before half-human, half-witch Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka, Mad Men) turns sweet sixteen (on Halloween, of course). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 Dec. 2018 Bocas, founded in Doral in 2014, had to overcome particularly tough matchups, first in the sweet sixteen against the quickly expanding Ceviche 105 and then against longtime Miami favorite Big Cheese to represent the Local Faves region. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "And the Munch Madness 2018 champion is... | Miami Herald," 3 Apr. 2018 Days after Gerber’s sweet sixteen on September 3, the soon-to-be jetsetting model made a trip to the DMV to get her driver’s license. Colleen Kratofil,, "Cindy Crawford Says Model Daughter Kaia Balked at Sharing Versace Runway: ‘Wait, Do We Have to Walk Together?”," 9 Oct. 2017 Rob Gronkowski only played eight games, but Kelce—who played all sixteen—averaged more yards per game than New England’s lovable oaf. Clay Skipper, GQ, "How the NFL's Travis Kelce Became the Most Fun Guy in the No Fun League," 7 Sep. 2017 Not for christenings, bar mitzvahs, quinceaneras, sweet sixteens, graduations, engagements, coming out, announcing gender, changing gender, getting a job, losing a job, buying a house, divorcing, retiring or dying. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Parents register for gifts for 2-year-old’s birthday party," 17 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of sixteen

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sixteen

Middle English sixtene, from Old English sixtȳne, adjective, from six six + -tȳne (akin to Old English tīen ten) — more at ten

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

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“Sixteen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sixteen

: the number 16


six·​teen | \ sik-ˈstēn How to pronounce sixteen (audio) \

Kids Definition of sixteen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than 15



Kids Definition of sixteen (Entry 2 of 2)

: one more than 15 : four times four : 16

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