zestig

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch sestich, sestech, also tsestich, tsestech with t- from tseventich, from Old Dutch *sestig, from Proto-Germanic *sehs tigiwiz.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsɛs.təx/, /ˈzɛs.təx/
  • (file)

Numeral[edit]

zestig

  1. sixty

Usage notes[edit]

Although spelt with z-, the word is traditionally pronounced with initial /s/ even in accents that generally do not devoice z-. This is due to the former prefix t- (see etymology). However, there are also many speakers who pronounce /z/ in line with the spelling.