decade

See also: décade

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from Middle French decade, from Late Latin decas ((set of) ten), from Ancient Greek δέκας (dékas), from δέκα (déka, ten).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɛkeɪd/
  • (US) enPR: dĕk'ād, dəkād', IPA(key): /ˈdɛkeɪd/, /dəˈkeɪd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪd
  • Homophone: decayed (for one US pronunciation of decade)

NounEdit

decade (plural decades)

  1. A series or group of ten things. [from 16th c.]
    a decade of soldiers
  2. A period of ten years. [from 17th c.]
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii
      The repeated exposure, over decades, to most taxa here treated has resulted in repeated modifications of both diagnoses and discussions, as initial ideas of the various taxa underwent—often repeated—conceptual modification.
    • 1979 December, “Museums”, Texas Monthly, volume 7, number 12, page 22: 
      Thru May: 1920s — The Decade That Roared. New exhibition portraying historical events and everyday life during the Roaring Twenties.
    • 2013 March 1, David S. Senchina, “Athletics and Herbal Supplements”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 2, page 134: 
      Athletes' use of herbal supplements has skyrocketed in the past two decades.
  3. (French history) In the French Revolutionary calendar, a group of ten days. [from 18th c.]
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 481:
      The year was divided up into twelve months renamed after the seasons [...]; each month comprised three ‘decades’ of ten days – with the décadi replacing Sundays as a day of rest; and each day was reconsecrated to a natural product or farming tool or technique.
  4. (Roman Catholicism) A series of ten Hail Marys in the rosary.
  5. (physics, engineering) The interval between any two quantities having the ratio 10 to 1.
    There are decades between 1.8 and 18, between 25 and 250 and between 0.03 and 0.003.

Usage notesEdit

It is sometimes but very rarely claimed that decades run from xx01-xx10 instead of the usual xx00-xx09. Be aware lest confusion arise from this.

SynonymsEdit

TranslationsEdit

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French décade, cognate with German Dekade etc.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

decade f (plural decades or decaden, diminutive decadetje n)

  1. A decade, period of ten years
  2. (history) A décade, 'week' of ten days in the French republican calendar; hence any ten consecutive days
  3. A set of ten book volumes, as part of a larger opus

SynonymsEdit


ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

deca- +‎ -ade

NounEdit

decade f (plural decadi)

  1. A decade, a period of ten days

Related termsEdit

VerbEdit

decade

  1. third-person singular indicative present of decadere

AnagramsEdit


LatinEdit

NounEdit

decāde

  1. ablative singular of decās
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