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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.
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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"
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(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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Winchell went on to give more examples of the numerical code used by servers at soda fountains, including"eighty-one" meaning"a glass of water," and"thirteen" meaning"one of the big bosses is drifting around." Three years later, Harold W Bentley, a Columbia University professor, confirmed the soda-counter usage of eighty-six in an article in the journal American Speech,"Linguistic Concoctions of the Soda Jerker." Bentley sent his students out to drug-store soda counters, hash houses, and other eateries around New York, collecting about 500 items in all, including some rather elaborate expressions:"Noah's boy with Murphy carrying a wreath" was the code for"ham and potato and cabbage." Eighty-six could be found alongside many other code numbers in the eighties and nineties: EIGHTY-ONE.
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A video of the Eighties pop sensation belting out Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree has been watched two million times.
With Duran Duran playing The Sevens stadium on Thursday and Madonna now confirmed for two dates in June, music fans can enjoy a trip back to the eighties here in the UAE.
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.
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His church in a suburb of Warsaw still carries an exhibition which testifies to the struggles of the Eighties.