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 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.’
    • ‘‘Cleaning more than fifty rooms in twelve hours is harder than it seems,’ he replied gruffly.’
    • ‘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 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 never thought I would say this, but fifty and a half million French people can't be wrong.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They exist today in just the same way that they existed for the past fifty and more years.’
    • ‘I won fifty bucks off of a game of pool, " he said.’
    • ‘They marched fifty miles in 36 hours during one campaign in Italy in 1796.’
    • ‘Standing fifty paces from me under the trees was an impressive figure.’
    • ‘Destiny was about Trinity's height and weighed a good fifty pounds more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's over fifty cumulative hours of air travel.’
    • ‘Every week fifty more people were getting laid off, and I knew it was only a matter of time.’
    • ‘Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking?’
    • ‘I could tell that not being with in fifty miles of the nearest electrical outlet was driving her crazy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Three hundred fifty men learned to fly under her instruction at Spearfish, South Dakota, her first teaching assignment.’
    • ‘Agents say that they sending back over fifty percent of some deliveries because their products don't sell very well.’
    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’
      • ‘This was in the early part of the 20th century, and from the fifties onwards that land became filled up with community facilities.’
      • ‘The teacher she found was an older lady in her middle to late fifties, and she taught Chemistry’
      • ‘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 chief reporter was a grey haired man, middle fifties, rimless spectacles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every true icon of the last couple of centuries has smoked, from voluptuous fifties film stars to odd-looking French philosophers.’
      • ‘Later, at school in the fifties, G.K. Chesterton was very much in vogue.’
      • ‘David Ellis has been involved with horses since grammar school and the late 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.’
      • ‘To be sensitive in the fifties was, almost by definition, to be a reader.’
      • ‘Now, alas, he is married and the nearest he gets to the fifties is his age - he's 45 and rising.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Haynes' film then becomes a melancholy commentary on the bigotry and snobbery of fifties Middle America.’
      • ‘The older man grinned, a myriad of wrinkles submerging onto the weather tanned skin, exposing his real age of fifties.’
      • ‘And by then, it's too late to retool - the opportunity costs of going back to school in your fifties are huge.’
      • ‘Back in the fifties and sixties I produced a mass of work, most of which seems to have disappeared.’
      • ‘Very few men in their forties caught my eye but once in the fifties, they aged rapidly in comparison to their female counterparts.’
    2. 1.2 Fifty years old.
      ‘she looked about fifty’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sherlock Holmes is often thought of as ‘immortal’, and James Bond is still going strong at about fifty years of age.’
      • ‘Their ages range between fifty to eighty-three.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People over the age of fifty have the highest risk of severe disease.’
      • ‘Worse, he told me the average age was about fifty.’
      • ‘They range in age from twenty-five to fifty, and most consider themselves to be politically independent.’
      • ‘Does it work when a staff is comprised of counselors ages fifteen through fifty?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was relieved to see Michael entering the room with another man, who looked about fifty years of age, following close behind.’
      • ‘It was untitled apart from saying that the person photographed was now fifty years of age.’
      • ‘Of those aged fifty to fifty-nine, 39 per cent agreed, and 40 per cent of those over sixty.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 Fifty miles an hour.
      ‘doing about fifty’
      • ‘Elizabeth guessed that he was going at least forty or fifty miles per 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!’
      • ‘Ash yelled, his wings buzzing at fifty miles an hour.’
      • ‘Mina rolled the window back up and floored the accelerator, and they took off at fifty miles per hour.’
      • ‘Jason surpassed the speed limit in the city by fifty miles with Steven in the back seat holding me.’
      • ‘Cars passing the elementary school generally are already going about fifty miles per 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.’
      • ‘They also have extremely powerful hind legs, and can charge at up to fifty miles/hour.’
      • ‘A drunk driver ran a red light and hit their car traveling twenty kilometers over the fifty kilometer speed limit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 1.4 A 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//ˈfɪfti/