- a period of ten years: the three decades from 1776 to 1806.
- a period of ten years beginning with a year whose last digit is zero: the decade of the 1980s.
- a group, set, or series of ten.
Origin of decade
Examples from the Web for decade
Yet for a vivid decade or so, sleaze was, somewhat paradoxically, a force for literacy and empowerment.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
Who are some younger popular historians that you think will be a lot better known a decade from now?Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Who knew that “we shall overcome” meant “we, the few, shall book covers every decade or so, maybe, sometimes, if we are in style.”One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
Beyoncé has, for close to a decade now, been a deity in entertainment: untouchable, successful, divine.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
For over a decade, those trying to make better sunscreen found a roadblock at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
This period, beginning with 1840, has been styled "a memorable decade" in the history of Parliament.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
In a decade of our time, we had pillaged Kygpton of every particle of Sthalreh.Raiders of the Universes
From decade to decade distinct advances of the frontier occurred.
The decade of the forties was also the period of Iowa's rapid increase.
North Dakota's development was greatest in the decade prior to 1890.
- a period of ten consecutive years
- a group or series of ten
Word Origin and History for decade
mid-15c., "ten parts" (of anything; originally in reference to the books of Livy), from Middle French décade (14c.), from Late Latin decadem (nominative decas), from Greek dekas (genitive dekados) "group of ten," from deka "ten" (see ten). Meaning "period of ten years" is 1590s in English.