noun, plural nine·ties.
- nineteenth hole,
- nineteenth man,
- ninety-day wonder,
Origin of ninety
Examples from the Web for nineties
The End-of-History pronouncements of the sucky Nineties settled very little.Progressive-palooza: On Obama, Occupy, and Moral Monday|Jedediah Purdy|July 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the early nineties, Tedeschi was looking for a new line of research.Surviving War Doesn’t Turn All Veterans into Victims, Sometimes it Helps Them Grow|David Morris|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
(A study from the nineties put the economic penalty at 7% two more recent studies put the penalty at 5%).
“It was the early nineties and I was not very well known,” recalled Ford.
The Japan Society unveils meditative new works by Nineties Japanese Pop Art icon Mariko Mori.
The rates were lowered gradually, until in the early nineties the rate was only two-fifths of one per cent.Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama|Walter L. Fleming
Within the nineties, he, with two others, rented the greater part of the Woodhall shooting for three years.Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood|J. Conway Walter
After being counted into detachments and nineties by the commandant, the notorious Captain Wirz, we were marched into the prison.Opium Eating|Anonymous
One is naturally led to recall the "peep-houses" which were a feature of city life in the nineties.The Satyricon, Complete|Petronius Arbiter
Every detachment was divided into the first, second and third nineties, each of which was in charge of one of our own sergeants.Prison Life in Andersonville|John L. Maile
noun plural -ties
- amounting to ninetyninety times out of a hundred
- (as pronoun)at least ninety are thought to be missing
Word Origin for ninety
1857 as the years of someone's life between 90 and 99; 1848 as a decade of years in a given century; 1849 with reference to Fahrenheit temperature. See ninety.
Many still live who remember those days; if the old men cannot tell you the exact date, they will say: 'It were in the nineties;' (etc.) ["Chambers's Journal," Nov. 1, 1856]
In Britain, the naughty nineties was a popular name 1920s-30s for the 1890s, based on the notion of a relaxing of morality and mood in contrast to earlier Victorian times. In U.S., gay nineties in reference to the same decade is attested from 1927, and was the title of a regular nostalgia feature in "Life" magazine about that time.
The long, dreary blue-law Sunday afternoons were periods of the Nineties which no amount of rosy retrospect will ever be able to recall as gay, especially to a normal healthy boy to whom all activities were taboo except G. A. Henty and the bound volumes of Leslie's Weekly of the Civil War. [Life, Sept. 1, 1927]