sixth sense


: a power of perception like but not one of the five senses : a keen intuitive power

Example Sentences

She claimed to have a sixth sense for knowing when someone was about to call her. a filmmaker with a sixth sense for knowing which stories the general public will find irresistible
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Word History

First Known Use

1761, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sixth sense was in 1761

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“Sixth sense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

sixth sense

: a special ability to sense something that does not involve the five senses
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