sixty

[siks-tee]
noun, plural six·ties.
  1. a cardinal number, ten times six.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 60 or LX.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
  4. sixties, the numbers, years, degrees, or the like, from 60 through 69, as in referring to numbered streets, indicating the years of a lifetime or of a century, or noting degrees of temperature: Her grandfather is in his late sixties. The temperature is in the low sixties.
adjective
  1. amounting to 60 in number.
Idioms
  1. like sixty, Informal. with great speed, ease, energy, or zest: Everyone was working like sixty to finish up before the holidays.

Origin of sixty

before 900; Middle English (adj. and noun), Old English sixtig (adj.); cognate with Dutch zestig, German sechzig, Old Norse sextigir. See six, -ty1
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Examples from the Web for sixties

Contemporary Examples of sixties

Historical Examples of sixties

  • That Frenchman who came here in the sixties for antiquities?

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • He was a tall, lean, gracious bald man in his early sixties.

    The Hohokam Dig

    Theodore Pratt

  • In the early sixties we believed in velocity and clearness and brilliancy.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • The respect for the Sixties was an article of faith, a dogma of dogmas in the Nineties.

    Nights

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • And we collected the drawings and publications of the Sixties.

    Nights

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell


British Dictionary definitions for sixties

sixty

noun plural -ties
  1. the cardinal number that is the product of ten and sixSee also number (def. 1)
  2. a numeral, 60, LX, etc, representing sixty
  3. something represented by, representing, or consisting of 60 units
determiner
    1. amounting to sixtysixty soldiers
    2. (as pronoun)sixty are dead

Word Origin for sixty

Old English sixtig
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Word Origin and History for sixties
n.

1848 as the years of someone's life between 60 and 69; 1827 as the seventh decade of years in a given century. See sixty.

sixty

Old English sixtig, from siex (see six) + -tig (see -ty (1)). Cf. Old Norse sextugr, sextögr, sextigir, Old Frisian sextich, Middle Dutch sestig, Dutch zestig, Old High German sehszug, German sechzig. Phrase sixty-four dollar question is 1942, from radio quiz show where that was the top prize.

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