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eighty

[ey-tee] /ˈeɪ ti/
noun, plural eighties.
1.
a cardinal number, ten times eight.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 80 or LXXX.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
eighties, the numbers, years, degrees, or the like, from 80 through 89, as in referring to numbered streets, indicating the years of a lifetime or of a century, or degrees of temperature.
adjective
5.
amounting to 80 in number.
Origin of eighty
850
before 850; Middle English eighteti, Old English eahtatig. See eight, -ty1
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  • One plant of it has been sold for one hundred and eighty dollars.

  • We have not seen any permanent water for the last eighty miles.

  • A thermometer on the wall furthest from the stove stood at eighty degrees.

    The Snow-Image Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Are you a millionaire,' his face said, 'to pay eighty francs for one day's drive?

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • With them at Scotland Yard are some seventy or eighty subordinate detectives.

    Scotland Yard George Dilnot
British Dictionary definitions for eighty

eighty

/ˈeɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ies
1.
the cardinal number that is the product of ten and eight See also number (sense 1)
2.
a numeral, 80, LXXX, etc, representing this number
3.
(pl) the numbers 80–89, esp a person's age or the year of a particular century
4.
the amount or quantity that is eight times as big as ten
5.
something represented by, representing, or consisting of 80 units
determiner
6.
  1. amounting to eighty: eighty pages of nonsense
  2. (as pronoun): eighty are expected
Word Origin
Old English eahtatig; related to Old Frisian achtig, Old High German ahtozug
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Word Origin and History for eighty
n.

eigteti (late 13c.), from eight + -ty (1). Replacing Old English hundeahtatig, with hund- "ten." Related: Eightieth.

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