\ ˈsiks(t)th How to pronounce sixth (audio) , ˈsiks(t) \
plural sixths\ ˈsiks(ts) How to pronounce sixth (audio) , ˈsiks(t)ths \

Definition of sixth

1 : one that is number six in a series — see Table of Numbers
2a : a musical interval embracing six diatonic degrees
b : a tone at this interval specifically : submediant
c : the harmonic combination of two tones a sixth apart

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Other Words from sixth

sixth adjective or adverb
sixthly \ ˈsiksth-​lē How to pronounce sixth (audio) , ˈsikst-​ \ adverb

Examples of sixth in a Sentence

Only about a sixth of the town voted for her.
Recent Examples on the Web The Braves had a strange sixth against Buehler, when Ozzie Albies hit a slow chopper down the first base line that was fielded by Muncy, who then made the tag before the ball popped out. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Seager homers again, Dodgers force NLCS Game 7 with 3-1 win," 18 Oct. 2020 Patmon was the second of two consecutive late sixth-round selections the Colts made after trading back from No. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts add another big target in Washington State WR Dezmon Patmon," 25 Apr. 2020 Freshman Jazmine Hill singled starting the ASU sixth followed by a throwing error after a pop out, starting a rally that included two-run homers by Hackbarth and freshman Torres. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "No. 22 ASU softball rallies to beat Kansas for 2-0 start," 7 Feb. 2020 The authors estimated that people 60 and older were twice as likely to develop symptoms as people aged 30 to 59 and that people under 30 have about one-sixth the chance of developing symptoms from the infection. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Coronavirus Death Rate in Wuhan Is Lower than Previously Thought, Study Finds," 19 Mar. 2020 In 2019, Xerox posted sales of $9.1 billion—less than one-sixth of the $58.8 billion HP tallied in its most recent fiscal year. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Inside Xerox’s audacious quest to buy much bigger rival HP," 16 Mar. 2020 In truth, Chinese per capita income is about a sixth of America’s. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Pandemic Is but One of America’s Security Concerns," 23 Apr. 2020 Bank of America reported that a sixth of its small-business customers have deferred loan payments. The Economist, "Dispatch from the front Wall Street prepares for a wave of loan losses," 18 Apr. 2020 Though the results are not final, Andrew Yang appears to have placed a distant sixth in Iowa, netting 1% of SDEs. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Iowa chaos lingers ahead of New Hampshire," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of sixth

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sixth was in the 12th century

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“Sixth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sixth

: the number six in a series
: one of six equal parts of something


\ ˈsiksth How to pronounce sixth (audio) \

Kids Definition of sixth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coming right after fifth



Kids Definition of sixth (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : number six in a series
2 : one of six equal parts

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