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n. pl. eight·ies
1. The cardinal number equal to 8 × 10.
2. eighties
a. A decade or the numbers from 80 to 89: They were still active in their eighties. Before noon, the temperature shot into the eighties.
b. often Eighties The decade from 80 to 89 in a century.

[Middle English eighti, from Old English eahtatig; see oktō(u) in Indo-European roots.]

eight′y adj. & pron.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eighties - the decade from 1880 to 1889
decade, decennary, decennium - a period of 10 years
2.eighties - the decade from 1980 to 1989eighties - the decade from 1980 to 1989  
decade, decennary, decennium - a period of 10 years
3.eighties - the time of life between 80 and 90eighties - the time of life between 80 and 90  
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
eld, geezerhood, old age, years, age - a late time of life; "old age is not for sissies"; "he's showing his years"; "age hasn't slowed him down at all"; "a beard white with eld"; "on the brink of geezerhood"
في الثَّمانينات من العُمْرفي درَجَة الثَّمانيناتفي سَنَوات الثَّمانين
nyolcvan körülinyolcvanas: a nyolcvanas évek
milli áttatíu og níutíuníræîisaldurníundi áratugurinn
osemdesiate roky


(ˈeiti) noun
1. the number or figure 80.
2. the age of 80.
1. 80 in number.
2. aged 80.
ˈeighties noun plural
1. the period of time between one's eightieth and ninetieth birthdays. He is in his eighties.
2. the range of temperatures between eighty and ninety degrees. It was in the eighties yesterday.
3. the period of time between the eightieth and ninetieth years of a century. life in the 'eighties/'80s.
ˈeightieth noun
1. one of eighty equal parts. eleven eightieths.
2. (also adjective) (the) last of eighty (people, things etc); (the) next after the seventy-ninth.
having eighty. an eighty-page book.
ˈeighty-year-old noun
a lively eighty-year-old.
an eighty-year-old widow.
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The "Here and Now Eighties Music Night" on June 21 will feature eighties icons T'Pau, Newton-le-Willows' Rick Astley, Liverpool bands The Real Thing and The Christians, Katrina, of the Waves, and Curiosity Killed the Cat.
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Reconstructing that intricate history in their latest film, Ballets Russes, documentarians Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine lovingly cobbled together three elements: photos and films of dancing from about 1930 to about 1960; atmospheric filler shots intended to evoke times past (scratchy footage of Big Ben chiming nine, Hitler at a rally, a close-up of the wheels of a steam train); and interviews with surviving members of the Ballets Russes companies, most of them in their eighties or nineties.
TV: Music in the Eighties saw the arrival of The Tube, Channel Four's youth music programme fronted by the late Paula Yates and Jools Holland.
Although the public have cleared their cupboards of meaningful mementoes from the Seventies and pre-Millennium memorabilia, the Eighties exhibits are proving harder to find.
The second, third, and fourth sections chronicle a sharp downturn from sixties hope to seventies troubles and eighties despair, addressing Vietnam, disco, "Jimmy Carter and the Great Quota Disaster of 1978," and (rock bottom, darkest hour) "the Reagan Rules.
His church in a suburb of Warsaw still carries an exhibition which testifies to the struggles of the Eighties.
Consumers in their eighties feel that they have retained over 80% of their ability to make decisions.
THE Eighties has been described as the decade of greed that's best forgotten.
The dark cloud of the Eighties revival hangs large above our heads with the news of Duran Duran's return to the pop world and, more precisely, Belfast's Waterfront Hall on December 13.