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.

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This classic collection of journalism defined the state of America during the upheaval of the sixties revolution. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Picking a “destination novel” is the secret to great summer reading," 4 July 2019 Not just throughout his fifties and sixties, but beyond. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "Eric Jackson Doesn't Believe in Getting Old," 29 June 2019 Lotto was, at this point, in his early sixties and working in Treviso, a city between Venice and the Alps in which, almost four decades earlier, he had been remarked on as pictor celeberrimus—a very distinguished painter. Julian Bell, The New York Review of Books, "The Painter of Souls," 17 Jan. 2019 Sometimes, though, the ideas and ideals, the political issues and upheavals of the sixties seem similar to what’s going on now, and so those times have been on my mind. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Mary Grimm on the Rituals and Stories of Summer," 17 June 2019 Yet, to my especial surprise, many of these downtrodden damsels weren’t crusading millennial activists fresh from campus indoctrination camps but women in their sixties from my own generation. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 2019 The Boss recently revealed he's been battling depression throughout his sixties (just like his father), but Patti has been right there with him. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa's Love Story Proves They Were Always Meant to be Together," 6 May 2019 Gabriela’s grandmother was an early subscriber to the Whole Earth Catalog, the late-sixties counterculture magazine devoted to self-sufficiency. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "What’s Next for Gabriela Cámara? A New L.A. Restaurant—And Foray into Politics," 15 May 2019 The study followed 54 older, Spanish-speaking people (mostly Mexican women in their mid-sixties) who were not in the best physical shape. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "Hate the Gym? A Little Salsa Could Help Your Heart," 15 Mar. 2016

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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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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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