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 percent of the aircraft were serviceable’
    ‘about fifty of us filed in’
    ‘a fifty-pound salmon’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Agents say that they sending back over fifty percent of some deliveries because their products don't sell very well.’
    • ‘Standing fifty paces from me under the trees was an impressive figure.’
    • ‘They marched fifty miles in 36 hours during one campaign in Italy in 1796.’
    • ‘Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking?’
    • ‘‘Cleaning more than fifty rooms in twelve hours is harder than it seems,’ he replied gruffly.’
    • ‘Destiny was about Trinity's height and weighed a good fifty pounds more.’
    • ‘Three hundred fifty men learned to fly under her instruction at Spearfish, South Dakota, her first teaching assignment.’
    • ‘I could tell that not being with in fifty miles of the nearest electrical outlet was driving her crazy.’
    • ‘That's over fifty cumulative hours of air travel.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every week fifty more people were getting laid off, and I knew it was only a matter of time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They exist today in just the same way that they existed for the past fifty and more years.’
    1. 1.1The numbers from 50 to 59, especially the years of a century or of a person's life.
      ‘Elvis is the icon of the Fifties’
      • ‘The older man grinned, a myriad of wrinkles submerging onto the weather tanned skin, exposing his real age of fifties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Later, at school in the fifties, G.K. Chesterton was very much in vogue.’
      • ‘Now, alas, he is married and the nearest he gets to the fifties is his age - he's 45 and rising.’
      • ‘Very few men in their forties caught my eye but once in the fifties, they aged rapidly in comparison to their female counterparts.’
      • ‘The chief reporter was a grey haired man, middle fifties, rimless spectacles.’
      • ‘To be sensitive in the fifties was, almost by definition, to be a reader.’
      • ‘This was in the early part of the 20th century, and from the fifties onwards that land became filled up with community facilities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Back in the fifties and sixties I produced a mass of work, most of which seems to have disappeared.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every true icon of the last couple of centuries has smoked, from voluptuous fifties film stars to odd-looking French philosophers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And by then, it's too late to retool - the opportunity costs of going back to school in your fifties are huge.’
      • ‘Haynes' film then becomes a melancholy commentary on the bigotry and snobbery of fifties Middle America.’
      • ‘David Ellis has been involved with horses since grammar school and the late fifties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The teacher she found was an older lady in her middle to late fifties, and she taught Chemistry’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Fifty years old.
      ‘she looked 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.’
      • ‘By the age of fifty, most of us are haunted by ghosts.’
      • ‘Of those aged fifty to fifty-nine, 39 per cent agreed, and 40 per cent of those over sixty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's an examination of Roosevelt's years after he left the presidency at the age of fifty.’
      • ‘He says that being close to fifty years of age, it is very difficult to find work.’
      • ‘Does it work when a staff is comprised of counselors ages fifteen through 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.’
      • ‘It was untitled apart from saying that the person photographed was now fifty years of age.’
      • ‘She was relieved to see Michael entering the room with another man, who looked about fifty years of age, following close behind.’
      • ‘Their ages range between fifty to eighty-three.’
      • ‘People over the age of fifty have the highest risk of severe disease.’
      • ‘Sherlock Holmes is often thought of as ‘immortal’, and James Bond is still going strong at about fifty years of age.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Occasionally there might be mention of the need for men to undergo tests especially when they come to the fifty years of age mark.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They range in age from twenty-five to fifty, and most consider themselves to be politically independent.’
      • ‘Worse, he told me the average age was about fifty.’
    3. 1.3Fifty miles an hour.
      ‘doing about fifty’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cars passing the elementary school generally are already going about fifty miles per hour.’
      • ‘They also have extremely powerful hind legs, and can charge at up to fifty miles/hour.’
      • ‘Sam asked, pealing out of the driveway at fifty miles an hour.’
      • ‘From the corner came her sister's red jeep probably going about fifty miles an hour.’
      • ‘Jason surpassed the speed limit in the city by fifty miles with Steven in the back seat holding me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He estimated that his top running speed is about fifty miles per hour.’
      • ‘Ash yelled, his wings buzzing at fifty miles an hour.’
      • ‘A drunk driver ran a red light and hit their car traveling twenty kilometers over the fifty kilometer speed limit.’
      • ‘This car was certainly not travelling at fifty miles per hour!’
      • ‘Our speed had dropped down to fifty miles per hour.’
      • ‘I worked out that my average speed over those two months was fifty miles per hour the whole time.’
      • ‘No hand, skillfully placed or not, is going to catch all the aerosol content of a fifty mile an hour cough.’
      • ‘Elizabeth guessed that he was going at least forty or fifty miles per hour.’
    4. 1.4A 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

/ˈfiftē/