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fifty

[fif-tee] /ˈfɪf ti/
noun, plural fifties.
1.
a cardinal number, ten times five.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 50 or L.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
fifties, the numbers, years, degrees, or the like, from 50 through 59, as in referring to numbered streets, indicating the years of a lifetime or of a century, or degrees of temperature:
She lives in the East Fifties. He's in his late fifties. It's going to be in the fifties again today.
5.
Informal. a fifty-dollar bill:
He had a fifty and two tens in his wallet.
adjective
6.
amounting to 50 in number.
Origin of fifty
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English fīftig. See five, -ty1
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  • It had been all the same to Mrs. Bines for as many years as a woman of fifty can remember.

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  • I am told he comes of a father who died at fifty, and who did in many ways like that.

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  • He'd heard these rumours about a slump, and he's fifty years old at that.

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  • The losses in New York City alone were said to be fifty millions.

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  • It was rather a heavy tug, for the fish he had caught weighed at least fifty pounds.

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British Dictionary definitions for fifty

fifty

/ˈfɪftɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the cardinal number that is the product of ten and five
2.
a numeral, 50, L, etc, representing this number
3.
something represented by, representing, or consisting of 50 units
determiner
4.
  1. amounting to fifty: fifty people
  2. (as pronoun): fifty should be sufficient
Word Origin
Old English fīftig
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Word Origin and History for fifty
n.

Old English fiftig, from fif "five" (see five) + -tig "group of ten" (see -ty (1)). Cf. Old Frisian fiftich, Old Norse fimm tigir, Dutch vijftig, Old High German fimfzug, German fünfzig, Gothic fimf tigjus. U.S. colloquial fifty-fifty "in an even division" is from 1913.

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