Definition of ninety in US English:



  • 1Equivalent to the product of nine and ten; ten less than one hundred; 90.

    ‘ninety acres of soybeans will be harvested’
    • ‘The Hutterites manage their expansion so that on the average each colony consists of from ninety to one hundred persons.’
    • ‘By the way, ninety to a hundred years ago, this was the first stop for a variety of immigrants.’
    • ‘Fewer still can look back over ninety years of car production and say with confidence that its current models are as stylish, as desirable and as exciting as any that the company has ever made.’
    • ‘In the film, we have ninety or a hundred minutes of good looking youngsters, who are being savagely attacked on an isolated island, near an abandoned rave.’
    • ‘She's a little willow - she looks like she would weigh maybe ninety pounds, after eating a huge feast.’
    • ‘The last three or four weeks I've been working flat out, ninety to a hundred and ten hours a week.’
    • ‘When he died in 1980, at the age of eighty-four, Piaget bad written more than ninety books and five hundred articles on these differences.’
    • ‘Bones, from St. Louis, is a very aesthetic person who couldn't weigh any more than ninety pounds.’
    • ‘It contains some three hundred bird species, ninety mammals, fifty species of fish big and small with one thousand seven hundred flowering plants.’
    • ‘She's four feet, nine inches tall, and only weighs ninety pounds.’
    • ‘This couple had nine children, and ninety grandchildren, so to write about them all has been a mammoth undertaking.’
    • ‘This type of music is made by bands of up to and including seven hundred members, ninety percent of whom play garbage cans as drums or some sort of garbage filled Xylophones.’
    • ‘I, on the other hand, was five feet and three inches and weighed about ninety pounds, as I would guess.’
    • ‘The ninety to one hundred campers in the study were selected by the camp directors and were, for the most part, return campers.’
    • ‘This airborne variant of Ebola is currently under study and we should have a vaccine for it in production within ninety days.’
    • ‘‘You know, the time - the average time - to fix on an operating system other than Windows is typically ninety to a hundred days,’ said Gates.’
    • ‘Beside her was Jason, a tall gangly guy sporting what looked like ninety pounds of hair gel, and a good natured goofy grin.’
    • ‘They told me you were ten months old, a Golden Retriever, Great Pyrenees mix and weighed ninety pounds.’
    • ‘Ultimately, if Celtic are to win they will need to produce their greatest ninety minutes for many years.’
    • ‘Two thousand calendars were produced, with ninety per cent so far sold, raising in excess of $25,000.’
    1. 1.1nineties The numbers from 90 to 99, especially the years of a century or of a person's life.
      ‘art in the nineties’
      • ‘They take personal fitness very seriously here, with even the old dears in their eighties and nineties taking part.’
      • ‘It didn't receive much attention in the cinemas, but I think it ought to down as one of the better films of the late nineties.’
      • ‘Mariah's new work is taking her career back to the heights of the nineties and she it looks like she is ready to start dating again.’
      • ‘At least a boy's voice breaks at adolescence, but a girl can keep shrieking well into her nineties.’
      • ‘Skin disease sufferers can be any age, from babies to patients in their nineties.’
      • ‘I've had plenty of years of practice dancing round my kitchen and I used to get drunk quite regularly in the mid nineties.’
      • ‘Since the early nineties the farm and the Park have been run separately.’
      • ‘Without them Cumbria would be like the North East during the devastating unemployment of the early nineties.’
      • ‘Everyone knows how the tech boom of the late nineties created wealth for Americans.’
      • ‘Meanwhile in Ireland we see temperatures in the nineties, not a cloud in the sky or a rain shower about.’
      • ‘In the late nineties, the city of Toledo, Ohio faced a crisis.’
      • ‘A similar revolution swept through service industries in the nineties.’
      • ‘I worked with Toby and Julie on the Modern Review in the early nineties.’
      • ‘Floyd is in his nineties, and has moved into a nursing home since we talked last May.’
      • ‘The station itself was victim to fire in the early nineties and was extensively rebuilt as a shopping mall.’
      • ‘The old comrades are now in the eighties and nineties, and not all of them will be able to afford their last farewell to the fallen pals.’
      • ‘He survived to a great age, well into his nineties, and remained a powerful personality to the end.’
      • ‘I know there's tradition but someone was paralysed in the mid nineties after jumping in.’
      • ‘After years of planning a new dam was built across the Manasquan river during the early years of the nineties.’
      • ‘Students from the early nineties look into his eyes and see a heroin addict.’
    2. 1.2 Ninety years old.
      ‘she is nearly ninety’
      • ‘Declining health was to be expected in a man nearly ninety.’
      • ‘A man who is nearly ninety said to me recently that he always found that the poor during the depression were more generous with the little they had than those who were better off.’
      • ‘It should be quite fun to young people from nine to ninety!’
      • ‘While nearly ninety she still devotes her time to causes that were of particular interest to Bertil, as well as her own and continues to live at Villa Solbacken.’
      • ‘Although his professional career slowed down in the 1980s, he continued to work until his death at the age of ninety in 2003.’
      • ‘Some of you will die at age fifty, some at age sixty-five, and some at age ninety.’
      • ‘Not only that… she went on to tell me she was nearly ninety, she had cataracts in both eyes, arthritis in her wrists and she was in constant pain.’
      • ‘So, for a wolverine, living to ninety or a hundred or more would not be a big deal.’
      • ‘In fact, he refused to be kept from painting ceaselessly until he died at the age of nearly ninety in 1849.’
      • ‘My grandfather died at home at the age of ninety, after a slow decline from Alzheimer's disease.’
      • ‘At the age of ninety, Kennan published Around the Cragged Hill.’
      • ‘The monster dropped him and placed a luminous, silver orb in a pocket hidden inside its robe, and then it turned and walked away, leaving someone nearly ninety in place of someone in their forties.’
      • ‘Several years ago, shortly after Clyde Tombaugh died at the age of ninety, Pluto's planethood was thrown into question.’
      • ‘At nearly ninety he continues his research and his writing and is a regular visitor to the New Zealand room at the Canterbury Public Library.’
      • ‘Let us conclude our thoughts of springtime with a little Valentine for all the ladies from nine to ninety who read this paper.’
      • ‘John M. died a bachelor at the age of ninety in 1878 and was the last of those living who helped rebuild the town's church after a devastating fire in 1811.’
      • ‘At the age of ninety, Hamilton published her translation of Prometheus Bound.’
      • ‘They were a beautiful couple, still madly in love at the age of ninety.’
    3. 1.3 Ninety miles an hour.
      ‘we passed the junction doing about ninety’
      • ‘She sped up, hitting eighty, then ninety, gaining distance the entire time.’


Old English nigontig.