Definition of seventy in English:


cardinal number

  • 1The number equivalent to the product of seven and ten; ten less than eighty; 70.

    ‘about seventy people attended’
    ‘seventy were arrested’
    • ‘That's seventy or eighty thousand guineas a year!’
    • ‘In the end, although canceled flights did prevent some members from coming, more than seventy were in attendance.’
    • ‘We certainly couldn't have used a title like this seventy years ago, but times have changed.’
    • ‘When the psalmist wrote this verse, he declared that man's average lifespan was seventy to eighty years.’
    • ‘This staff of seventy or eighty managers met monthly.’
    • ‘The agency is to allocate between seventy and eighty grants all over the country.’
    • ‘The National Prison in Paola has seventy to eighty prisoners.’
    • ‘Back in 1987, Carson, along with a team of seventy doctors, performed the first successful separation operation on German twins.’
    • ‘Most of the cards sold today are variations on themes introduced seventy to eighty years ago.’
    • ‘The country's seventy to eighty dialects are derived from Malay languages.’
    • ‘Up to seventy radioactive sources disappear from regulatory control annually within the EU alone, according to disturbing current estimates.’
    • ‘This event was hugely successful with a Race Card of fifty-one races and over seventy generous sponsors whose names were listed on the official programme.’
    • ‘The meeting was well attended with an audience of approximately seventy people.’
    • ‘It produces over seventy percent of the rose oil made in the world.’
    • ‘A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species.’
    • ‘After this, the pilgrim travels to Mudalifah and collects seventy pea-sized pebbles, which will be used the following day for throwing.’
    • ‘Most works of philosophy that run to seventy or eighty volumes are hard to summarize.’
    • ‘There are seventy or eighty families around the world that make their living from our companies and our related companies.’
    • ‘He produces seventy or eighty significant works each year and when he is in the mood he will work for fourteen hours or more a day.’
    • ‘The event was attended by over seventy people from a wide range of organisational backgrounds.’
    1. 1.1The numbers from seventy to seventy-nine, especially the years of a century or of a person's life.
      ‘Dad was now in his seventies’
      • ‘He used his cottage in the mountains as a base for hill walking, which he practised well into his seventies.’
      • ‘Bill is played by David Carradine, American television's kung fu icon of the seventies.’
      • ‘I can remember from my schooldays in the mid seventies reading about the warnings being given by scientists.’
      • ‘Now it's back in style and Stanley, in his seventies, has been picked up again by the label.’
      • ‘The Irish economy had been attacked and undermined by a series of oil crises in the seventies.’
      • ‘It almost has the look of a city of the future, as seen in movies of the seventies and eighties!’
      • ‘Bearing in mind that we are both in our seventies we found ourselves in a very traumatic situation.’
      • ‘Your work from the sixties and seventies would certainly lend support to that claim.’
      • ‘In the sixties, probably even in the seventies, such an argument would have been unthinkable.’
      • ‘Some friends, come to think of it, are in their seventies and eighties.’
      • ‘I used to do photography seriously, and even wrote a book on photography in schools back in the seventies.’
      • ‘The ban continued right into the early seventies before giving away to more enlightened thinking.’
      • ‘In the fifties, sixties and early seventies John was an integral part of the art scene in his native Cork.’
      • ‘In the seventies and eighties there was a motorway service station chain called Happy Eater.’
      • ‘He was an icon to many of my Belfast school friends in the late seventies who were starting their own bands.’
      • ‘That was a very precocious thing for a student to do, even in the seventies.’
      • ‘In the sixties and seventies, weddings were held early in the day and were finished by 7pm.’
      • ‘Martin was in his early seventies and was involved with farming down through the years.’
      • ‘Now they are mostly in their seventies or eighties, and their stories need telling before they pass on.’
      • ‘All three books reveal Henderson, by then in his seventies and eighties, as he chose to be revealed.’
    2. 1.2Seventy years old.
      ‘she was nearly seventy’
      • ‘He retired from University College Dublin at the age of seventy in 1983.’
      • ‘At the age of seventy, as he mentions in his Vassar lecture, Jorge Carrera Andrade had come full circle.’
      • ‘After working for four years Ferrel retired at the age of seventy.’
      • ‘It was only when she began, at the age of seventy, to read them for professional reasons, that she allowed herself to be seduced.’
      • ‘At the age of seventy he is co-hosting a daily chat show on daytime television.’
      • ‘And I told him that my mother and father, my two aunts, my two grandparents on both sides, they all died around the age of seventy.’
      • ‘I was forty-seven, Yorgos perhaps seventy, so his deference was both strange and moving to me, and we struck up a conversation.’
      • ‘The government should increase funding to Primary Schools by gradually raising the pensionable age to seventy, with a reasonable warning period.’
      • ‘In 1957, at the age of seventy, Rivera died in Mexico City.’
      • ‘As he approached the age of seventy his health began to fail.’
      • ‘Prostate cancer took his life in 1994 at the age of seventy.’
      • ‘Every woman over the age of seventy in Victoria seemed to have the same handwriting.’
      • ‘It is with feelings of deep sadness that we record the passing of Tommy Kenneally, Lyreattin, Cappagh at his home recently at the age of seventy.’
      • ‘This summer the congregation consisted of three elderly men, one of them in a wheelchair, eight women aged thirty to seventy or so, and us.’
      • ‘The fifteen males and ten females on his plantation ranged in age from two to seventy.’
      • ‘He recalls that at age seventy he took his first vacation with Ginger.’
      • ‘Re-discovered at age seventy he sang with the same vibrancy that had won him success earlier, but this didn't happen instantly.’
      • ‘At the age of seventy, Anton's mother asked his father for a divorce.’
      • ‘At the age of seventy, his blue eyes still twinkle under a mop of corkscrew curls.’
      • ‘He referred to a higher mortality rate of infant travellers and said that female travellers tended not to reach the age of seventy as often as female members of the settled community did.’
    3. 1.3Seventy miles an hour.
      ‘doing about seventy’
      • ‘Even though we were only going thirty miles an hour the other guy was going seventy.’
    4. 1.4A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by seventy.


Old English hundseofontig, from hund- (of uncertain origin) + seofon ‘seven’ + -tig (see -ty).