- a cardinal number, ten times nine.
- a symbol for this number, as 90 or XC.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- nineties, the numbers, years, degrees, or the like, from 90 through 99, as in referring to numbered streets, indicating the years of a lifetime or of a century, or degrees of temperature: His grandmother is in her nineties.
- amounting to 90 in number.
Origin of ninety
Examples from the Web for nineties
In the nineties, “gay rights” came to mean “special rights,” which may be ridiculous, but which was a successful opposing frame.Ten Reasons Women Are Losing While Gays Keep Winning
July 6, 2014
The End-of-History pronouncements of the sucky Nineties settled very little.Progressive-palooza: On Obama, Occupy, and Moral Monday
July 5, 2014
In the early nineties, Tedeschi was looking for a new line of research.Surviving War Doesn’t Turn All Veterans into Victims, Sometimes it Helps Them Grow
May 18, 2014
(A study from the nineties put the economic penalty at 7% two more recent studies put the penalty at 5%).How Republicans Can Win the Equal Pay Debate
April 9, 2014
“It was the early nineties and I was not very well known,” recalled Ford.CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Honors Emerging Talent
November 12, 2013
I say, Rector, did you really know a Challenger in the 'nineties?Hall-Marked and Others (From Six Short Plays)
He checked the temperature, and found that it had risen into the high nineties.The Status Civilization
He was humming a gay snatch from the lighter music of the 'nineties.Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
The respect for the Sixties was an article of faith, a dogma of dogmas in the Nineties.
In the early Nineties I had not a doubt that it could always be taken like that.
- the cardinal number that is the product of ten and nineSee also number (def. 1)
- a numeral, 90, XC, etc, representing this number
- something represented by, representing, or consisting of 90 units
- amounting to ninetyninety times out of a hundred
- (as pronoun)at least ninety are thought to be missing
Word Origin and History for nineties
1857 as the years of someone's life between 90 and 99; 1848 as a decade of years in a given century; 1849 with reference to Fahrenheit temperature. See ninety.
Many still live who remember those days; if the old men cannot tell you the exact date, they will say: 'It were in the nineties;' (etc.) ["Chambers's Journal," Nov. 1, 1856]
In Britain, the naughty nineties was a popular name 1920s-30s for the 1890s, based on the notion of a relaxing of morality and mood in contrast to earlier Victorian times. In U.S., gay nineties in reference to the same decade is attested from 1927, and was the title of a regular nostalgia feature in "Life" magazine about that time.
The long, dreary blue-law Sunday afternoons were periods of the Nineties which no amount of rosy retrospect will ever be able to recall as gay, especially to a normal healthy boy to whom all activities were taboo except G. A. Henty and the bound volumes of Leslie's Weekly of the Civil War. [Life, Sept. 1, 1927]