Decade - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdekeɪd|  American pronunciation of the word decade
Brit.  |ˈdɛkeɪd|  British pronunciation of the word decade


- a period of 10 years (syn: decennary, decennium)
- the cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one; the base of the decimal system (syn: 10, ten, tenner, x)


The war lasted nearly a decade.

The bridge was built a decade ago.

The decade of the 1920s runs from January 1, 1920 to December 31, 1929.

the first decade of the 21st century

There have been a lot of changes during the past two decades.

He has been in office for a decade.

Real estate prices have doubled in value over the last decade.

With proper care, the machine should last a decade or more.

the greatest literary phenomenon of the decade

The drug was banned a decade ago.

...a crapulous wastrel who went through the family's once-fabulous fortune in less than a decade...

...the economic forecast for the coming decade looks promising, inasmuch as we can predict that far in advance...

...a puzzling detail that had been infixed in the detective's mind for over a decade...

These new companies are parasites feeding off the success of those who spent the last decade establishing the industry.

...the phenomenal growth that the suburb has experienced over the last decade...

Word forms

singular: decade
plural: decades
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