decade Definition

  • 1a period of ten years
  • 2a group or set of ten

Using decade: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "decade" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The last decade has seen significant advancements in technology.

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    The company plans to expand its operations over the next decade.

  • Example

    The 1980s was a decade of political and social change.

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    The team won three championships in the span of a decade.

decade Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for decade

  • ten
  • ten years
  • ten-year period
  • ten-year span
  • ten-year cycle

Phrases with decade

  • mid-decade

    the middle of a decade, usually referring to the fifth year


    In the mid-decade of the 1970s, disco music became popular.

  • the transition from one decade to another, usually referring to the last year of a decade


    The turn of the decade from the 1990s to the 2000s was marked by celebrations around the world.

  • roaring twenties

    a term used to describe the 1920s, a decade of economic prosperity and cultural change in the United States


    The Roaring Twenties saw the rise of jazz music and the flapper culture.

Origins of decade

from Middle English 'decaed', from Old French 'decade', from Latin 'decada', from Greek 'dekás', meaning 'tenfold'


Summary: decade in Brief

The term 'decade' [ˈdɛkeɪd] refers to a period of ten years or a group of ten. It is commonly used to describe historical periods, such as 'The 1980s was a decade of political and social change,' or future projections, such as 'The company plans to expand its operations over the next decade.' 'Decade' can also be used in phrases like 'mid-decade' and 'turn of the decade,' which refer to specific points in time.

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