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

Examples of sixty in a Sentence

He retired when he was in his sixties.
Recent Examples on the Web Rana was born into a New York restaurant family that has run Italian joints since the sixties, both on the East Coast and, more recently, in Phoenix. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "North Phoenix has a cozy new wine bar and pizza restaurant. Here's what to order if you go," 27 May 2020 The National Weather Service forecast calls for highs in the upper sixties with winds of 9-14 mph. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Sunny with a slight chance of rain: Northeast Ohio’s Thursday weather forecast," 20 May 2020 Hamilton’s Holiday Auto Theatre and the Starlite Drive-In of Amelia have been around for sixty and seventy-three years, respectively. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Fat chance MLB owners actually open their books. This is negotiating.," 14 May 2020 Building machines that can process and recognize images as accurately as a human has been, along with teaching machines to read, speak, and write our language, a holy grail of artificial-intelligence research since the early sixties. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, "Dressing for the Surveillance Age," 9 Mar. 2020 Six Months Before the Manson Murders In the late sixties, Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, young, newlywed, and in love, took up residence in the Chateau Marmont. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Scandalous Secret History of the Chateau Marmont," 24 May 2019 Miner is also checking up on her parents, who are in their late sixties and her grandparents., "High school teacher: Doing 'emotional check-ins' with students," 25 Mar. 2020 In the sixties, hard-partying New York rock climbers known as the Vulgarians got laughs by ascending big cliffs while stark naked. Daniel Duane, Outside Online, "Why Surfers and Climbers Break Social Distancing Rules," 12 Apr. 2020 Highs will top out in the low sixties with cloudy skies throughout the day and overnight lows in the low 50s. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Rain with a chance of strong thunderstorms: Northeast Ohio’s Tuesday weather forecast," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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“Sixty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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