\ 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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Franmil Reyes’ fifth multi-homer game of the season and sixth of his career left him with 40 home runs in 164 career games, breaking his tie with Dave Winfield for most home runs in Padres history before the age of 24. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres Notes: Chris Paddack back up to speed; the change in Robert Stock," 30 June 2019 Woods ended up finishing second to Koepka, four strokes ahead of Woodland, whose tie for sixth was his best showing in a major until Sunday. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "U.S. Open: Long-Driving Gary Woodland Putts His Way to Victory," 16 June 2019 By the 1930s, five sixths of the original indigenous animal population that existed in the United States when the Europeans arrived had been wiped out. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 Since that September 2015 black hole collision, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team has reported five more events (a sixth fell just short of the standard of significance). Quanta Magazine, "Black Hole Echoes Would Reveal Break With Einstein’s Theory," 22 Mar. 2018 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

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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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