ninety

[ nahyn-tee ]
/ ˈnaɪn ti /
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noun, plural nine·ties.

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.

adjective

amounting to 90 in number.

Nearby words

  1. nineteenth hole,
  2. nineteenth man,
  3. nineties,
  4. ninetieth,
  5. ninette,
  6. ninety-day wonder,
  7. ninety-eight,
  8. ninety-eighth,
  9. ninety-fifth,
  10. ninety-first

Origin of ninety

before 1000; Middle English nineti, Old English nigontig. See nine, -ty1

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British Dictionary definitions for ninety

ninety

/ (ˈnaɪntɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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

determiner

  1. amounting to ninetyninety times out of a hundred
  2. (as pronoun)at least ninety are thought to be missing

Word Origin for ninety

Old English nigontig

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Word Origin and History for ninety

ninety

n.

Old English nigontig, from nine + -tig "group of ten" (see -ty (1)). Cognate with Old Frisian niontich, Middle Dutch negentich, Dutch negentig, German neunzig.

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