What does DECADE mean?

Definitions for DECADE
ˈdɛk eɪd; Brit. also dɪˈkeɪddecade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decade, decennary, decenniumnoun

    a period of 10 years

  2. ten, 10, X, tenner, decadenoun

    the cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one; the base of the decimal system


  1. decadenoun

    A series or group of ten things.

    a decade of soldiers

  2. decadenoun

    A period of ten years.

  3. decadenoun

    A group of ten days under the French Revolutionary calendar.

  4. decadenoun

    A series of ten Hail Marys in the rosary.

  5. decadenoun

    The interval between any two quantities having the ratio 10 to 1.

    There are decades between 1.8 and 18, between 25 and 250 and between 0.03 and 0.003.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Decadenoun

    The sum of ten; a number containing ten.

    Etymology: δέϰα Gr. decas, Latin.

    Men were not only out in the number of some days, the latitude of a few years, but might be wide by whole olympiads, and divers decades of years. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    We make cycles and periods of years; as decades, centuries, and chiliads, chiefly for the use of computations in history, chronology, and astronomy. William Holder, on Time.

    All rank’d by ten; whole decades, when they dine,
    Must want a Trojan slave to pour the wine. Alexander Pope, Iliad.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decadenoun

    a group or division of ten; esp., a period of ten years; a decennium; as, a decade of years or days; a decade of soldiers; the second decade of Livy

  2. Etymology: [F. dcade, L. decas, -adis, fr. Gr. , fr. de`ka ten. See Ten.]


  1. Decade

    A decade is a period of 10 years. The word is derived from the Ancient Greek dekas which means ten. Other words for spans of years also come from Latin: lustrum, century, millennium.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decade

    dek′ād, Decad, dek′ad, n. a group of ten, esp. a series of ten years.—adj. Dec′adal. [Fr. décade—Gr. dekasdeka, ten.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DECADE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2675

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DECADE' in Nouns Frequency: #756

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DECADE in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DECADE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of DECADE in a Sentence

  1. President Biden:

    Today’s decision is the result of continued efforts by Republican state officials to strip DACA recipients of the protections and work authorization that many have now held for over a decade.

  2. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon:

    Yes, for the time being, for about a decade or so, it (Iran's nuclear program) might be postponed as a threat against us.

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    But, over a distinguished two-decade career, this workhorse of the Senate would prove he was anything but.

  4. Malena Rice:

    This process has been theorized for over a decade, but weve never had a chance to study the full disruption process in action until now.

  5. Stacey Abrams:

    We have been working at this for more than a decade. And there have been dozens of organizations and hundreds of people who've made this their primary mission.

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    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    • A. adventure
    • B. interrupt
    • C. carry
    • D. deny

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