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sixty

[siks-tee]
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noun, plural six·ties.
  1. a cardinal number, ten times six.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 60 or LX.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
  4. sixties, the numbers, years, degrees, or the like, from 60 through 69, as in referring to numbered streets, indicating the years of a lifetime or of a century, or noting degrees of temperature: Her grandfather is in his late sixties. The temperature is in the low sixties.
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adjective
  1. amounting to 60 in number.
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Idioms
  1. like sixty, Informal. with great speed, ease, energy, or zest: Everyone was working like sixty to finish up before the holidays.
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Origin of sixty

before 900; Middle English (adj. and noun), Old English sixtig (adj.); cognate with Dutch zestig, German sechzig, Old Norse sextigir. See six, -ty1
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  • That Frenchman who came here in the sixties for antiquities?

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • He was a tall, lean, gracious bald man in his early sixties.

    The Hohokam Dig

    Theodore Pratt

  • In the early sixties we believed in velocity and clearness and brilliancy.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • The respect for the Sixties was an article of faith, a dogma of dogmas in the Nineties.

    Nights

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • And we collected the drawings and publications of the Sixties.

    Nights

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell


British Dictionary definitions for sixties

sixty

noun plural -ties
  1. the cardinal number that is the product of ten and sixSee also number (def. 1)
  2. a numeral, 60, LX, etc, representing sixty
  3. something represented by, representing, or consisting of 60 units
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determiner
    1. amounting to sixtysixty soldiers
    2. (as pronoun)sixty are dead
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Word Origin

Old English sixtig
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Word Origin and History for sixties

n.

1848 as the years of someone's life between 60 and 69; 1827 as the seventh decade of years in a given century. See sixty.

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sixty

Old English sixtig, from siex (see six) + -tig (see -ty (1)). Cf. Old Norse sextugr, sextögr, sextigir, Old Frisian sextich, Middle Dutch sestig, Dutch zestig, Old High German sehszug, German sechzig. Phrase sixty-four dollar question is 1942, from radio quiz show where that was the top prize.

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