Definition of sixteen in English:


Pronunciation /sɪksˈtiːn//ˈsɪkstiːn/

cardinal number

  • 1Equivalent to the product of four and four; one more than fifteen, or six more than ten; 16.

    ‘sixteen miles east of Dublin’
    ‘sixteen of our eighteen patients’
    • ‘He said there were sixteen to eighteen permanent nursing places waiting to be filled while staff overtime was banned.’
    • ‘We only have about four hundred students in all, so the most we have in a class in fifteen or sixteen.’
    • ‘Besides: with sixteen guests in all, and four weeks to fill, we have a pleasing numerical symmetry.’
    • ‘Plants require sixteen nutrients to grow and produce their flowers, fruits or vegetables.’
    • ‘A total of fifteen salmon were caught by anglers ranging in age from four years to sixteen years.’
    • ‘Where else can you get four adorable sparkly halter tops for sixteen dollars?’
    • ‘There were eight drink driving offences in the first week, twelve in the second, sixteen in the third and eighteen in the fourth.’
    • ‘They were working fifteen to sixteen hours a day and at the same time coping with the difficulties of living on a reduced benefit.’
    • ‘He estimated that the room was at least sixteen feet tall, meaning that it would take four of him to reach the top.’
    1. 1.1 A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by sixteen.
    2. 1.2 Sixteen years old.
      ‘a daughter of sixteen’
      • ‘Truthfully, I didn't even know it was possible to love someone at the innocent age of sixteen.’
      • ‘The auditions are open to anyone over the age of sixteen.’
      • ‘At the age of sixteen, he started to earn money from a part-time job and this gave him the chance to develop his hobby.’
      • ‘They will have to be accompanied by a parent or a designated guardian over sixteen years of age.’
      • ‘At the age of sixteen her parents betrothed her to their next-door neighbor's son Ceran.’
      • ‘He was an exceptional student and a young writer, beginning his writing career at the age of sixteen.’
      • ‘Education is required for all children between the ages of five and sixteen.’
      • ‘Between ages of ten and sixteen, most young Burmese men and some young women become Buddhist novices and go to live in a monastery.’
      • ‘By the time Simon reached the age of sixteen he was pretty adamant that musical theatre was the route he wanted to follow as a profession.’
      • ‘When the two adults arrived home, they were both met by their sixteen year old daughters.’
      • ‘Young people aged under sixteen are assigned the task of researching the identity of the place in which they live.’
      • ‘Formal education is compulsory between six and sixteen years of age.’
      • ‘She became a member of a traveling theater at the age of sixteen, and then found herself working as a maid for a white woman.’
      • ‘At the age of sixteen, she left the convent to marry Jimenez's father, Antonio.’
      • ‘Almost half of all working women have children under the age of sixteen.’
      • ‘When I moved out to Canada, at sixteen, everyone my age could already drive - they learnt at school.’
      • ‘He got his first job in Joyce's of Ballymoe at the age of sixteen and went into business himself some years later as a street trader.’
      • ‘For groups under sixteen years of age, boys and girls, there must be an adult in charge.’
      • ‘Girls between age nine and age sixteen undergo a series of puberty and initiation rites known as chinamwali.’
      • ‘His sixteen year old daughter stood on the porch, her arms crossed over her chest, her gaze hard and cold.’


Old English siextīene (see six, -teen).