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[fif-tee-ith] /ˈfɪf ti ɪθ/
next after the forty-ninth; being the ordinal number for 50.
being one of 50 equal parts.
a fiftieth part, especially of one (1/50).
the fiftieth member of a series.
Origin of fiftieth
before 1000; Middle English fiftithe, Old English fīftigotha. See fifty, -th2 Unabridged
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  • I had done this for the fiftieth time, when at last I saw him through the gas and the fog, coming up the staircase.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • On the 1st of October 1922, its birthday re-occurs for the fiftieth time.

    Bremen Cotton Exchange Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
  • The fiftieth anniversary of its foundation was celebrated by a banquet at the Windsor Hotel, on November 23, 1893.

    Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2) William Henry Atherton
  • He wished, for the fiftieth time, that there were no poor relations.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It had been printed at intervals before, as this was the fiftieth number, and is still preserved in the British museum.

  • I should like to see you without it for the fiftieth part of a second.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
  • M. and Madame d'Houdetot gave a fête at Eaubonne, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage.

  • Walter Petherick has been celebrating his fiftieth birthday.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
British Dictionary definitions for fiftieth


  1. being the ordinal number of fifty in order, position, time, etc. Often written: 50th
  2. (as noun): the fiftieth in the series
  1. one of 50 equal or approximately equal parts of something
  2. (as modifier): a fiftieth part
the fraction equal to one divided by 50 (1/50)
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Word Origin and History for fiftieth

Old English fiftigoða; see fifty + -th (1). Cf. Old Norse fimmtugande, and, with a different suffix, Old Frisian fiftichsta, Dutch vijftigste, Old High German fimfzugsto, German fünfzigste.

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