Definition of fifty in English:

fifty

cardinal number

  • 1The number equivalent to the product of five and ten; half of one hundred; 50.

    ‘only fifty per cent of the aircraft were serviceable’
    ‘about fifty of us filed in’
    ‘a fifty-pound salmon’
    • ‘Destiny was about Trinity's height and weighed a good fifty pounds more.’
    • ‘‘Cleaning more than fifty rooms in twelve hours is harder than it seems,’ he replied gruffly.’
    • ‘I will have to burn something like a hundred to a hundred and fifty CD's to be sent out, all of those will be burned on ten or possibly eleven burners.’
    • ‘I mean, its only a hundred and fifty feet or so, right?’
    • ‘The advantage of reading a book while practicing for pure technique alone is that it enables us to forget the boredom of playing a passage over and over again, a dozen, or fifty or a hundred times until the body has absorbed it.’
    • ‘If all you have on arrival is the equivalent of fifty pound notes, try asking a change bureau at your holiday destination airport to break a note down for you.’
    • ‘Agents say that they sending back over fifty percent of some deliveries because their products don't sell very well.’
    • ‘I never thought I would say this, but fifty and a half million French people can't be wrong.’
    • ‘I won fifty bucks off of a game of pool, " he said.’
    • ‘Every week fifty more people were getting laid off, and I knew it was only a matter of time.’
    • ‘They exist today in just the same way that they existed for the past fifty and more years.’
    • ‘Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking?’
    • ‘Three hundred fifty men learned to fly under her instruction at Spearfish, South Dakota, her first teaching assignment.’
    • ‘I don't know about you folks, but I intend to be alive in fifty or a hundred years, and I certainly intend for my descendants to be alive in two hundred.’
    • ‘Standing fifty paces from me under the trees was an impressive figure.’
    • ‘Five rooms at Clarence House will be open to the public this year between August 4 and October 17 (at a cost of five pounds and fifty pence).’
    • ‘At a time when there are a lot of houses unoccupied in the Killarney urban area, there is massive speculation with some companies and individuals owning anything from five to fifty houses.’
    • ‘I could tell that not being with in fifty miles of the nearest electrical outlet was driving her crazy.’
    • ‘They marched fifty miles in 36 hours during one campaign in Italy in 1796.’
    • ‘That's over fifty cumulative hours of air travel.’
    1. 1.1fifties The numbers from 50 to 59, especially the years of a century or of a person's life.
      ‘Elvis is the icon of the Fifties’
      • ‘She was in her middle fifties and was about five foot six and wore little round spectacles that she kept around her neck by means of a chain, and like most of the people who lived in Linton she lived near her family.’
      • ‘Instead, the museum is concentrating on foundation figures who came of age in the fifties and sixties and on enriching its holdings of the work of certain especially favored artists.’
      • ‘That teacher was Mr. Jeremy Wendell, and he was apparently in his middle to late fifties, as he had a great deal of gray in his hair now.’
      • ‘Very few men in their forties caught my eye but once in the fifties, they aged rapidly in comparison to their female counterparts.’
      • ‘The man, aged in his fifties, was shot in his car by bandits who tried to rob him after a visit to an automatic teller machine.’
      • ‘David Ellis has been involved with horses since grammar school and the late fifties.’
      • ‘This was in the early part of the 20th century, and from the fifties onwards that land became filled up with community facilities.’
      • ‘The chief reporter was a grey haired man, middle fifties, rimless spectacles.’
      • ‘Now, alas, he is married and the nearest he gets to the fifties is his age - he's 45 and rising.’
      • ‘Haynes' film then becomes a melancholy commentary on the bigotry and snobbery of fifties Middle America.’
      • ‘Stephen who was in his middle fifties was working on a television aerial in the Aghamore area fell from the roof of a two storey house, he was rushed to Castlebar hospital but died a short time later.’
      • ‘Back in the fifties and sixties I produced a mass of work, most of which seems to have disappeared.’
      • ‘The older man grinned, a myriad of wrinkles submerging onto the weather tanned skin, exposing his real age of fifties.’
      • ‘Every true icon of the last couple of centuries has smoked, from voluptuous fifties film stars to odd-looking French philosophers.’
      • ‘Luckily the fifties were good productive years in terms of the financial return on wool and meat, just as the war years had been for many farmers.’
      • ‘The teacher she found was an older lady in her middle to late fifties, and she taught Chemistry’
      • ‘Well into her fifties, and with half her face semi-paralysed from a stroke many years earlier, she looked serene, yet somehow triumphant at the same time.’
      • ‘To be sensitive in the fifties was, almost by definition, to be a reader.’
      • ‘Later, at school in the fifties, G.K. Chesterton was very much in vogue.’
      • ‘And by then, it's too late to retool - the opportunity costs of going back to school in your fifties are huge.’
    2. 1.2 Fifty years old.
      ‘she looked about fifty’
      • ‘He passed the age of fifty during his stay at Ann Arbor, but there was little if any slowing down; about half of his published papers appeared after that time.’
      • ‘Worse, he told me the average age was about fifty.’
      • ‘Their ages range between fifty to eighty-three.’
      • ‘It is estimated that by the year 2008, women between the ages of fifty and sixty-five will be the largest demographic group in the United States.’
      • ‘The dread didn't sink in until I realised I was probably the youngest person in the theatre, with the mean age being about fifty.’
      • ‘A proprietor had noted in 1910 that he had applications for jobs at twenty-five shillings a week from competent reporters of forty and fifty years of age with families.’
      • ‘Occasionally there might be mention of the need for men to undergo tests especially when they come to the fifty years of age mark.’
      • ‘By the age of fifty, most of us are haunted by ghosts.’
      • ‘Sherlock Holmes is often thought of as ‘immortal’, and James Bond is still going strong at about fifty years of age.’
      • ‘You can imagine my utter disbelief then, when the cab turned up and turned out to be driven by a grey haired, short man of about fifty years of age.’
      • ‘He says that being close to fifty years of age, it is very difficult to find work.’
      • ‘It's an examination of Roosevelt's years after he left the presidency at the age of fifty.’
      • ‘She was relieved to see Michael entering the room with another man, who looked about fifty years of age, following close behind.’
      • ‘Of those aged fifty to fifty-nine, 39 per cent agreed, and 40 per cent of those over sixty.’
      • ‘They range in age from twenty-five to fifty, and most consider themselves to be politically independent.’
      • ‘People over the age of fifty have the highest risk of severe disease.’
      • ‘The men looked, on the whole, to be above fifty years of age, or in one or two cases, even older, whilst most of the women looked considerably younger.’
      • ‘The over forty age category last year included three women aged fifty or over, compared to just one birth in this age group in 1999.’
      • ‘It was untitled apart from saying that the person photographed was now fifty years of age.’
      • ‘Does it work when a staff is comprised of counselors ages fifteen through fifty?’
    3. 1.3 Fifty miles an hour.
      ‘I was doing about fifty’
      • ‘A drunk driver ran a red light and hit their car traveling twenty kilometers over the fifty kilometer speed limit.’
      • ‘Jason surpassed the speed limit in the city by fifty miles with Steven in the back seat holding me.’
      • ‘No hand, skillfully placed or not, is going to catch all the aerosol content of a fifty mile an hour cough.’
      • ‘Sam asked, pealing out of the driveway at fifty miles an hour.’
      • ‘Martin and I jumped out of the car, and I looked at the tornado, and estimated it to be just a mile away from us, and it was going fifty miles an hour.’
      • ‘From the corner came her sister's red jeep probably going about fifty miles an hour.’
      • ‘Ash yelled, his wings buzzing at fifty miles an hour.’
      • ‘He estimated that his top running speed is about fifty miles per hour.’
      • ‘This car was certainly not travelling at fifty miles per hour!’
      • ‘Our speed had dropped down to fifty miles per hour.’
      • ‘Mina rolled the window back up and floored the accelerator, and they took off at fifty miles per hour.’
      • ‘The planes only had a top speed of fifty miles per hour and when hitting strong headwinds actually began to move backwards in mid-air.’
      • ‘They also have extremely powerful hind legs, and can charge at up to fifty miles/hour.’
      • ‘Elizabeth guessed that he was going at least forty or fifty miles per hour.’
      • ‘Cars passing the elementary school generally are already going about fifty miles per hour.’
      • ‘I worked out that my average speed over those two months was fifty miles per hour the whole time.’
    4. 1.4 A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by fifty.
    5. 1.5 A fifty-pound note or fifty-dollar bill.
      • ‘Will pulled out a massive wad of notes - fifties - and started betting five times in a row on black, five on red.’

Origin

Old English fīftig (see five, -ty).

Pronunciation

fifty

/ˈfɪfti/