\ 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.

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Between the mid-sixth and mid-fourth centuries B.C., Buddhism was founded in northeastern India and soon spread throughout the Asian subcontinent, influencing cultural and spiritual practices, art, and architecture. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "20 of the world’s most beautiful Buddhist temples," 10 June 2019 About one sixth of the journals was written that way. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Gentleman Jack Creator Sally Wainwright on the Secret Code in Anne Lister’s Diaries," 30 Apr. 2019 That total represents about one sixth the number of deployed U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Does America Still Need the Nuclear Triad?," 23 Jan. 2019 That would be almost a sixth of the existing private-sector workforce for defense contractors and government IT specialists in the area. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Amazon’s D.C.-Area HQ2 a New Beachhead in Battle for Tech-Savvy Vets," 1 Jan. 2019 But according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the total cost for removing, reprogramming and infusing the cells into each patient is less than $60,000—just one-sixth of the $373,000 price tag. Ezekiel Emanuel, WSJ, "We Can’t Afford the Drugs That Could Cure Cancer," 20 Sep. 2018 In 2015, the United States was responsible for a sixth of the world's emissions, releasing 5.1 million kilotons of carbon dioxide. Susmita Baral, Teen Vogue, "Trump and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Explained," 2 Aug. 2018 The results come after a period in which Alphabet lost more than one-sixth of its market capitalization in the span of three months. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Google Parent Alphabet Delivers Surging Profit But Slowing Sales Growth," 25 Oct. 2018 The par 3 sixth, surrounded by a large pond, is the signature hole. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Worthington Manor Golf Club," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of sixth

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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