noun, plural thir·ties.
- thirteenth amendment,
- thirteenth chord,
- thirty days hath september,
- thirty pieces of silver,
- thirty years war,
- thirty years' war,
Origin of thirty
Examples from the Web for thirties
One minute the script, the next a story about Ivor Novello's tailor or the Tahiti steamer schedule in the Thirties.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now in his early thirties, his cheeks are sunken from smoking too much hash.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan|Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You're Mrs. Jim Palmer' . . . people in their thirties sometimes want to change the course of the ship.
While in his thirties, he had an affair with the same 15-year-old girl whose body has recently been discovered buried in his yard.
Either one describes the bouts of anxiety single guys in their thirties feel about their marital status.High Manxiety: Thirtysomething Men Are The New Neurotic Singles|Hannah Seligson|May 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the late twenties and early thirties of the nineteenth century a quite exceptional group of men and women were writing books.Among Famous Books|John Kelman
One has only to go back to the thirties in England to find all the niceties of the Haute Ecole in full bloom.Patroclus and Penelope|Theodore Ayrault Dodge
They had come from Scotland together and settled in Montgomery in the thirties.The Circular Study|Anna Katharine Green
You are getting well on in the thirties, and haven't left off being a fool yet.On the Track|Henry Lawson
The poets of the second group, the transition poets, for the most part were born during the thirties.A History of American Literature Since 1870|Fred Lewis Pattee
noun plural -ties
- amounting to thirtythirty trees
- (as pronoun)thirty are broken
Word Origin for thirty
1827 as the years of someone's life between 30 and 39; 1830 as a decade of years in a given century. See thirty.
early 15c. metathesis of Old English þritig, from þri, þreo "three" + -tig "group of ten" (see -ty (1)). Cf. Old Frisian thritich, Old Saxon thritig, Dutch dertig, Old High German drizzug, German dreissig. Thirty Years' War (1842) was a religious power struggle waged 1618-48, mainly on German soil. The symbol -30- as printer and telegrapher's code to indicate the last sheet or line of copy or a dispatch is recorded from 1895. In 20c. jargon of journalism, it came to be a traditional sign-off signal and slang word for "the end."