ninety

n. & adj.
—n. (pl. -ies)
1 the product of nine and ten.
2 a symbol for this (90, xc, XC).
3 (in pl.) the numbers from 90 to 99, esp. the years of a century or of a person's life.
—adj. that amount to ninety.
Phrases and idioms:
ninety-first, -second , etc. the ordinal numbers between ninetieth and a hundredth. ninety-one, -two , etc. the cardinal numbers between ninety and a hundred.
Derivatives:
ninetieth adj. & n. ninetyfold adj. & adv.
Etymology: OE nigontig

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • ninety — [nīn′tē] adj. [ME nigenty < OE nigontig: see NINE & TY2] nine times ten n. pl. nineties the cardinal number between eighty nine and ninety one; 90; XC (or LXXXX) the nineties the numbers or years, as of a century, from ninety through ninety… …   English World dictionary

  • Ninety — Nine ty, n.; pl. {Nineties}. 1. The sum of nine times ten; the number greater by a unit than eighty nine; ninety units or objects. [1913 Webster] 2. A symbol representing ninety units, as 90 or xc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ninety — Nine ty, a. [See {Nine}, and cf. {Forty}.] Nine times ten; eighty nine and one more; as, ninety men. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ninety — (n.) O.E. nigontig, from NINE (Cf. nine) + tig group of ten (see TY (Cf. ty) (1)). Cognate with O.Fris. niontich, M.Du. negentich, Du. negentig, Ger. neunzig …   Etymology dictionary

  • ninety — ► CARDINAL NUMBER (pl. nineties) ▪ ten less than one hundred; 90. (Roman numeral: xc or XC.) DERIVATIVES ninetieth ordinal number …   English terms dictionary

  • ninety — noun (plural nineties) Etymology: Middle English ninety, adjective, from Old English nigontig, short for hundnigontig, from hundnigontig, noun, group of 90, from hund , literally, hundred + nigon nine + tig group of 10; akin to Old English tīen… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ninety — [[t]na͟ɪnti[/t]] ♦ nineties 1) NUM Ninety is the number 90. It was decided she had to stay another ninety days. 2) N PLURAL When you talk about the nineties, you are referring to numbers between 90 and 99. For example, if you are in your nineties …   English dictionary

  • ninety — /ˈnaɪnti / (say nuyntee) noun (plural nineties) 1. a cardinal number, ten times nine. 2. a symbol for this number, as 90 or XC. 3. (plural) the numbers from 90 to 99 of a series, especially with reference to the years of a person s age, or the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • ninety — See: GAY NINETIES …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ninety — See: GAY NINETIES …   Dictionary of American idioms

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