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From the sense of aught to refer to the number zero.



aughts pl (plural only)

  1. The first decade of a century, such as 1900 to 1909 or 2000 to 2009, whose digit in the tens place is zero; the noughties.
    • 2010, Michael G. Cunningham, “The 20th Century’s Aughts and Teens: OPERETTA”, in Gilded Songs (Berlin to Bacharach): The Gig Instrumentalist’s Guide to the Golden Era of American Popular Song (1920 to 1979):
      The 20th Century’s Aughts and Teens: OPERETTA [chapter title]
    • 2012 June 26, Genevieve Koski, “Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 6 August 2020:
      When the staccato, Neptunes-ian single “Boyfriend” was released in March, musical prognosticators were quick to peg the album it portended, Believe, as Justin Bieber’s Justified, a grown-and-sexy, R&B-centric departure that evolved millennial teenybopper Justin Timberlake into one of the unifying pop-music figures of the aughts.

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aughts (not comparable)

  1. From or evoking the first through tenth years of a century (chiefly the 2000s).
    Dialup internet is so aughts.
    • 2017 March 22, Tanya Basu, “Scientists figured out a big mystery about smell”, in Inverse[2], retrieved June 14, 2021:
      Meyer and his team collected the participants in a very aughts way — through Craigslist.
    • 2020 October 19, Steff Yotka, “Dion Lee: Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear”, in Vogue[3], retrieved June 14, 2021:
      He's testing out new experiments with knotting and macramé too, tying up dresses and trousers for a look that feels very aughts—and very now.