Meaning of “decade” in the English Dictionary


"decade" in English

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decadenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdek.eɪd/ /dekˈeɪd/ us /ˈdek.eɪd/ /dekˈeɪd/

B2 a period of ten years, especially a period such as 2010 to 2019


Examples from literature

  • Over the next decade, jet planes got bigger and faster. 
  • The success of Strauss’s tires was made possible because of all the improvements to rubber tires that had been made during the previous decade. 
  • In the earlier years of the fourth decade of the century, however, a change came over a considerable section of the movement. 
  • In this book he intends to hazard certain forecasts about the trend of events in the next decade or so. 
  • The literature of the English language has not all been written in the present decade nor in the last century. 
  • The next decade was largely one of the settlement of new territory, and by its close the pendulum seemed to have swung decidedly backward. 
  • What the scientist had foretold, became evident to all eyes two decades later. 

(Definition of “decade” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decade" in American English

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decadenoun [ C ]

us /ˈdek·eɪd, deˈkeɪd/

a period of ten years:

The economy is growing at its fastest rate this decade.

Decades means a long time:

They’re enjoying new popularity after decades of neglect.

(Definition of “decade” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)