\ ˈsiks(t)th How to pronounce sixth (audio) , ˈsiks(t) \
plural sixths\ ˈsiks(ts) How to pronounce sixths (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 sixthly (audio) , ˈsikst-​ \ adverb

Examples of sixth in a Sentence

Only about a sixth of the town voted for her.
Recent Examples on the Web Over 9,000 vessels operate in the area each day and one-sixth of global oil production and one-third of the world's natural gas passes through the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf that Iran claims as its territory. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Iran got its revenge for Qasem Soleimani's killing but the U.S. Navy is still a target," 10 Jan. 2020 That’s just one sixth of what drug makers like Eli Lilly and Merck typically spend each year on lobbying. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Purdue, maker of OxyContin, quietly splits ways with PhRMA as it pulls back from lobbying," 17 Dec. 2019 In five hours, the prison population had shrunk by one sixth. Washington Post, "Gang members behead rivals while guards look on: Inside Brazil’s deadly prison riots," 3 Aug. 2019 After a three-and-out, the Ravens’ sixth of the game, Buffalo took over at its 28-yard line. Jonas Shaffer,, "Instant analysis: Ravens win ninth straight, clinch playoff berth with 24-17 victory over Bills," 8 Dec. 2019 In the first game, Tanner Rainey (2-3) struck out two in a 1-2-3 sixth for the win in the makeup of a June 18 rainout. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Turner’s slam helps Nats sweep Phils, clinch wild card," 25 Sep. 2019 Bergeron sat for the fourth game in a row and sixth in the Bruins’ last eight games., "Connor Clifton," 2 Dec. 2019 The plant in Cumberland City, Tennessee, near the Kentucky border, accounts for up to one-sixth of the wastewater released in the country from cleaning out coal plant flues, millions of gallons per day more than any other plant. Travis Loller, Twin Cities, "Trump administration eases Obama-era rules on coal pollution," 4 Nov. 2019 Get our daily newsletter This year over a third of England’s World Cup squad come from ethnic minorities, versus less than a sixth of the total population. The Economist, "English rugby is getting less white, but not much less posh," 2 Nov. 2019

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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 16 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce sixth (audio)

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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