[sev-uh n-tee-eyt]


a cardinal number, 70 plus 8.
a symbol for this number, as 78 or LXXVIII.
a set of this many persons or things.


amounting to 78 in number.


[sev-uh n-tee-eyt]

noun, plural 78s, 78's.

an early type of shellac-based phonograph record that played at 78 revolutions per minute.

Origin of 78

First recorded in 1950–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seventy-eight

Contemporary Examples of seventy-eight

Historical Examples of seventy-eight

  • The lines of railway at that time, 1834, amounted to seventy-eight miles.

  • With a Bibliography and Seventy-eight Illustrations, crown 8vo, 9s.

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor

  • It contained seventy-eight items, thirty-four of them passed.

    The Plum Tree

    David Graham Phillips

  • When day broke seventy-eight bitten dromedaries were counted.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • I shall live to see him in the saddle yet, though I am seventy-eight.

    The Patrician

    John Galsworthy