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[siks-teenth] /ˈsɪksˈtinθ/
next after the fifteenth; being the ordinal number for 16.
being one of 16 equal parts.
a sixteenth part, especially of one (1/16).
the sixteenth member of a series.
Music. sixteenth note.
Origin of sixteenth
before 900; Middle English sixtenthe (see sixteen, -th2); replacing Middle English sixtenthe, sixtethe, Old English sixtēotha (see tithe) Unabridged
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  • Next day was Sunday, as glorious a sixteenth of September as could be desired.

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  • What was it that wrought this peaceful wonder of the sixteenth century?

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  • In the sixteenth century the progress of the art was in the same direction.

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  • The date of its erection was about the middle of the sixteenth century.

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  • Two of the battalions, the sixteenth and Tenth, were in the gap by midnight.

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  • On the sixteenth he issued forth into life again in a mood that was dangerous.

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British Dictionary definitions for sixteenth


(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the fifteenth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of sixteen: often written 16th
  2. (as noun): the sixteenth of the month
  1. one of 16 equal or nearly equal parts of something
  2. (as modifier): a sixteenth part
the fraction that is equal to one divided by 16 (1/16)
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Word Origin and History for sixteenth

early 13c., from sixteen + -th (1); replacing sixtethe, sixteothe, forms based on Old English syxteoða. Cf Old Frisian sextinda, Middle Dutch sestiende, German sechzehnte, Old Norse sextandi. Musical sixteenth note is from 1861.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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