decade

[ dek-eyd; British also duh-keyd ]
/ ˈdɛk eɪd; British also dəˈkeɪd /

noun

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.

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Origin of decade

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin decad- (stem of decas) < Greek dekad- (stem of dekás) group of ten, equivalent to dék(a) ten + -ad- -ade2

OTHER WORDS FROM decade

half-dec·ade, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for half-decade

  • There have been attempts to excavate the remains, and many have been removed over the past half-decade.

    A WWII Battle Frozen in Time|Nina Strochlic|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • Because of his constant globe-trotting, Addington's slang was often a half-decade behind the times.

    Angel Island|Inez Haynes Gillmore

British Dictionary definitions for half-decade

decade
/ (ˈdɛkeɪd, dɪˈkeɪd) /

noun

a period of ten consecutive years
a group or series of ten

Derived forms of decade

decadal, adjective

Word Origin for decade

C15: from Old French, from Late Latin decad-, decas, from Greek dekas, from deka ten
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