- a cardinal number, ten times nine.
- a symbol for this number, as 90 or XC.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- nineties, the numbers, years, degrees, or the like, from 90 through 99, as in referring to numbered streets, indicating the years of a lifetime or of a century, or degrees of temperature: His grandmother is in her nineties.
- amounting to 90 in number.
Origin of ninety
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Do you mean that you have earned ninety cents to-day, Robert?
The marketman handed Robert ninety cents, which he pocketed with satisfaction.
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Would not any one think, now, you were an old man of ninety?Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
The wood, therefore, was perhaps eighty or ninety years old.The Village Watch-Tower
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- the cardinal number that is the product of ten and nineSee also number (def. 1)
- a numeral, 90, XC, etc, representing this number
- something represented by, representing, or consisting of 90 units
- amounting to ninetyninety times out of a hundred
- (as pronoun)at least ninety are thought to be missing
Old English nigontig
Word Origin and History for ninety
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