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


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