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- (of the decade) 'eighties
- Rhymes: -eɪtiz
- plural of
eighties pl (plural only)
- The decade of the 1880s, 1980s, etc.
- 1914, Amherst College, “Amherst graduates' quarterly”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), volume 4, page 6:
- Our readers — and contributors — are apt to elect a good deal according to years. The seventies and eighties, we may suppose, are concerned for the large educational and cultural interests of their Alma Mater; the nineties are deep in the practical and business activities; the noughties are not naughty, but still young enough to sport a fantastic costume at reunion and let the college wag as it will; the oneties are the really wise as to what the college ought to be, especially on its athletic side, but as contributors modest.
- 1919, Harry Hamilton Johnston, The Gay-Dombeys: A Novel, Macmillan, page 172,
- He and his clever staff of minor blackguards exploited to the full every weakness and caries in the London Society of the 'eighties, 'nineties, and 'oughts.
- The decade of one's life from age 80 through age 89.
- (temperature, rates, plural only) The range between 80 and 89.
the decade of the 1980s
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eighties (not comparable)
- From or evoking the 81st through 90th years of a century (chiefly the 1980s).
- Sue picked a playlist of eighties music for the dinner to remind her wife of that night they met all those years ago.
- 1995, Anthony Ilona, “Crossing the River: A chronicle of the black Diaspora”, in Wasafiri, volume 11, number 22, DOI:10.1080/02690059508589440, pages 3–9:
- These publications can, however, be linked to a very eighties trend initiated among African American women writers like Toni Morrison and Alice Walker whose most distinguished novels deal with previously untold stories set deep in America's imperialist, slave-owning past.
- 2020, Chana Porter, The Seep, New York, NY: Soho Press, →ISBN, page 169:
- Next to her, a woman with puffy sleeves, bright bubblegum makeup, and big eighties hair spoke melodiously into a microphone.