Definition of decade in English:

decade

Pronunciation /dɪˈkeɪd//ˈdɛkeɪd/

noun

  • 1A period of ten years.

    ‘he taught at the university for nearly a decade’
    • ‘Life expectancy edged downward in the decades prior to the breakup of the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘Young Adam was written almost a decade earlier.’
    • ‘The software industry is just a few decades old while construction is as old as civilization itself.’
    • ‘Untangling this problem could take decades of research.’
    • ‘After more than a decade at the helm it looks as if his endeavours may at last pay off.’
    • ‘The honour will also be conferred on John Shannon, who retired earlier this year after nearly four decades as chairman of York Civic Trust.’
    • ‘Amid the overturned cabinets, he saw decades ' worth of patient records scattered about.’
    • ‘Activists feared attacks would only harm a population already devastated by two decades of war and famine.’
    • ‘The birth rate increased for the third consecutive year following nearly a decade of decline.’
    • ‘The early decades of the conflict were characterised by a certain dignity and honour.’
    • ‘His remarkable acting career spanned six decades and scores of movies.’
    • ‘Returning to Edinburgh last year after nearly two decades living and working in London, I went through the usual phase of seeing my country in new light, as an outsider.’
    • ‘It is not just that he has turned 50; it has more to do with the fact that he has been retired from test cricket for eight years, nearly a decade.’
    • ‘The council decided on a plan of action at its first extraordinary meeting and emergency debate for nearly a decade last month.’
    • ‘The last serving member from the Battle of Long Tan is retiring from service this month after nearly four decades of military service.’
    • ‘The best model for New York is London, which has contracted out all of its bus services to the private sector every three years for nearly two decades.’
    • ‘He spent the next three decades pursuing a wide range of activities, both professionally and as hobbies.’
    • ‘Just a few of the signs: Impatient investors now hold onto stocks for only one year, on average, down from nearly two years a decade ago.’
    • ‘This volume of published material represents work carried out over a period spanning nearly three decades.’
    • ‘Awarded the CBE in 1994, Rosenthal was one of Britain's most prolific screenwriters in a career spanning more than three decades.’
    1. 1.1 A period of ten years beginning with a year ending in 0.
      ‘the fourth decade of the nineteenth century’
      • ‘There was, for instance, a flurry of concern during the first few decades of the nineteenth century, and another at the dawn of the twentieth.’
      • ‘Religion faced its most daunting challenges in the first two decades of the last century.’
      • ‘By the end of the 1990s, 52 countries wound up poorer than at the beginning of the decade, according to the report.’
      • ‘During the first two decades of the nineteenth century control of the Cape Colony passed to and fro between Afrikaners and British authorities but rested with the latter.’
      • ‘The major mobile phone companies spent billions of pounds at the beginning of the decade to secure licenses enabling them to offer 3G services in the UK.’
      • ‘But this is really just to frame the fact that today's the day; the ending of the past decade and the beginning of the next.’
      • ‘This will become obvious by the beginning of the next decade, as the results of the 2010 census begin to rearrange the electoral map.’
      • ‘Germany had become by far Italy's most important trade partner during the two last decades of the nineteenth century.’
      • ‘Strike activity remained at relatively high levels during the first two decades of the twentieth century.’
      • ‘Even with the decline, the state's hospitals employed more people at the end of the 1990s than at the beginning of the decade.’
      • ‘Throughout the last decades of the eighteenth century and the first decades of the nineteenth, scarcely a year passed without violent protest or armed rebellion.’
      • ‘The start of a new decade, century and millennium, the Year 2000 naturally created some collective uneasiness.’
      • ‘The 1990s were the decade of the development of self management plans for asthma.’
      • ‘The 1970s represented the beginning of three remarkable decades of expansion in the TSI.’
      • ‘It was the early 1990s, the beginning of a decade of civil war and chaos.’
      • ‘‘The Sixties did not start, miraculously, with the beginning of the new decade,’ she says.’
      • ‘Ironically, it was actually an album released at the beginning of the next decade, which perhaps best symbolises this period of change.’
      • ‘Due to falling world silver prices during the last decades of the nineteenth century, the silver rupee was depreciated.’
      • ‘The nineties were also a decade of promising new beginnings as new seminaries and schools of theology opened.’
      • ‘The urge to change the world that gnaws at normal people in their late teens and early 20's was taking shape in me around the beginning of my fourth decade.’
      age, time, period, era, epoch, century, year, stage
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  • 2Each of the five divisions of each chapter of the rosary.

    ‘a local priest led the mourners in a decade of the rosary’
    • ‘Then maybe a small group would join hands in a circle in prayer and somebody would begin a decade of the rosary.’
    • ‘Neighbours and friends who visited Pamela's home yesterday recited prayers and a decade of the rosary in a bid to quieten the restless spirit.’
    • ‘Pilgrims returning from the monastery at Mount Melleray have been known to stop and say a decade of the rosary for the departed.’
    • ‘Prayers at the graveside were recited by Fr. Cooney, who also led the large congregation in a decade of the Rosary.’
    • ‘For me this has ranged from two Hail Mary prayers right up to five decades of the rosary (which takes me about fifteen to twenty minutes).’
  • 3A range of electrical resistances, frequencies, or other quantities spanning from one to ten times a base value.

    ‘power per decade of frequency’

Usage

There are two possible pronunciations for decade: one puts the stress on the dec- while the other puts the stress on the -cade (sounds like decayed). The second pronunciation is disapproved of by some traditionalists but is now regarded as a standard, acceptable alternative

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting each of ten parts of a literary work): via Old French and late Latin from Greek deka ‘ten’. decade (sense 1) dates from the early 17th century.

Pronunciation

decade

/dɪˈkeɪd//ˈdɛkeɪd/