noun, plural fif·ties.
Examples from the Web for fifty
For more than fifty years, women have been talking about what it means to be a woman.
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|Sean B. Carroll|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fifty years later, the Reagan consensus prevails, it seems to me, more so than Roosevelt consensus.
He was two hundred and fifty miles from London and had very little money.Tales from Dickens|Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
A dose of marchlor in a glass of wine had done what fifty men could not have accomplished by main strength.The Martian Cabal|Roman Frederick Starzl
Turf benches to seat a hundred and fifty worshippers faced the altar.Pushed and the Return Push|George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
But years at fifty are no more than months at thirty,—are less than weeks in boyhood.John Caldigate|Anthony Trollope
Clark had left twenty men, the Indian girl and her baby, and they had fifty horses.The Young Alaskans on the Missouri|Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for fifty
noun plural -ties
- amounting to fiftyfifty people
- (as pronoun)fifty should be sufficient
Word Origin for fifty
Word Origin and History for fifty
Old English fiftig, from fif "five" (see five) + -tig "group of ten" (see -ty (1)). Cf. Old Frisian fiftich, Old Norse fimm tigir, Dutch vijftig, Old High German fimfzug, German fünfzig, Gothic fimf tigjus. U.S. colloquial fifty-fifty "in an even division" is from 1913.