- a cardinal number, ten times five.
- a symbol for this number, as 50 or L.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- 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.
- Informal. a fifty-dollar bill: He had a fifty and two tens in his wallet.
- amounting to 50 in number.
Origin of fifty
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Examples from the Web for fifty
For more than fifty years, women have been talking about what it means to be a woman.Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement
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Fifty years ago, we were just beginning to learn some important lessons from natural disasters, epidemics, and manmade tragedies.Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction
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November 30, 2014
Executing your dreams at forty or fifty," Pragnell says, "is just a bit too late.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
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When you get the kind of discharge I had, they give you a suit and fifty dollars.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
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Fifty years later, the Reagan consensus prevails, it seems to me, more so than Roosevelt consensus.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
It had been all the same to Mrs. Bines for as many years as a woman of fifty can remember.
I am told he comes of a father who died at fifty, and who did in many ways like that.
He'd heard these rumours about a slump, and he's fifty years old at that.
The losses in New York City alone were said to be fifty millions.
It was rather a heavy tug, for the fish he had caught weighed at least fifty pounds.Brave and Bold
- the cardinal number that is the product of ten and five
- a numeral, 50, L, etc, representing this number
- something represented by, representing, or consisting of 50 units
- amounting to fiftyfifty people
- (as pronoun)fifty should be sufficient
Old English fīftig
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Word Origin and History for fifty
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