six·​ty | \ ˈsiks-tē How to pronounce sixty (audio) \
plural sixties

Definition of sixty

1 : a number that is equal to six times 10 — see Table of Numbers
2 sixties plural : the numbers 60 to 69 specifically : the years 60 to 69 in a lifetime or century

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Other Words from sixty

sixtieth \ ˈsiks-​tē-​əth How to pronounce sixtieth (audio) \ adjective or noun
sixty adjective
sixty pronoun, plural in construction
sixtyish \ ˈsiks-​tē-​ish How to pronounce sixtyish (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sixty in a Sentence

He retired when he was in his sixties.
Recent Examples on the Web This version of the exhibition has a special emphasis on race and identity politics that connect to the Bay Area experience of that turbulent mid-sixties era. Catherine Bigelow,, "Siebel Newsom’s Representation Project raises funds and awareness," 4 Dec. 2019 The sixth contracted it from his wife, an Illinois resident in her sixties who had recently visited family in Wuhan. Michelle Cortez,, "There’s another virus stalking America: It’s called the flu," 31 Jan. 2020 An Area of Darkness, V. S. Naipaul (1965) This is old-school Naipaul—the travelogue that made his name and expertly defined the India of the early sixties (even the writer's former protégé turned nemesis Paul Theroux confesses admiration). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 87 Greatest Travel Books of All Time, According to Authors," 8 Jan. 2020 Everything about the show has been aged up: from the middle-aged cast, who replaced the previous seasons' youthful actors, to the production design, which has shifted its reference point from Britain's humble postwar era to the groovy sixties. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Crown's Costume Designer on Dressing Princess Margaret Like Elizabeth Taylor," 20 Nov. 2019 The hotel’s mid-century modern architecture and decor are a trip back to the sixties. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "TWA Hotel Is Opening an Ice Skating Rink on a Tarmac," 15 Nov. 2019 And with racial tension going back to the sixties and many jobs and white people leaving the city, Detroit’s infrastructure has suffered. NBC News, "Detroit may be going through a revival, but how does this impact education?," 6 Sep. 2019 The sports car is styled after the iconic Shelby Daytona Coupes of the mid-sixties, with a massive rear-window. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "‘Fabulous cars:’ Saratoga Classic & Cool Car Show marks 10 years," 28 July 2019 The company specializes in Arctic Canada, Greenland and Atlantic Canada and specifically caters to older solo travelers, with the average client in her sixties, says chief executive officer Cedar Swan. Mary Kane,, "Retirement: Retired travelers going solo," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sixty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sixty

Middle English, from sixty, adjective, from Old English siextig, noun, group of sixty, from siex six + -tig group of ten; akin to Old English tīen ten

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The first known use of sixty was in the 14th century

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19 Feb 2020

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“Sixty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce sixty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sixty

: the number 60
: the numbers ranging from 60 to 69
: a set of years ending in digits ranging from 60 to 69


six·​ty | \ ˈsik-stē How to pronounce sixty (audio) \

Kids Definition of sixty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being six times ten



Kids Definition of sixty (Entry 2 of 2)

: six times ten : 60

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