Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A period of ten years; a decade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A period of ten years.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A period of ten years.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A period of ten years.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a period of 10 years

Etymologies

Latin, from decennis, lasting for ten years : decem, ten; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots + annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin decem ("ten") + annum ("year"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He was occupied actively with teaching, but the dominant feature of the decennium was his assumption of the Darwinian doctrines.

    Thomas Henry Huxley A Sketch Of His Life And Work

  • According to Swedish daily DN, seven young Swedish prose authors have launched an ambitious literary manifesto called, in Swedish, Manifest för ett nytt litterärt decennium.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • But often after I've cursed Kate and mobile telephony in one breath, she'll come up with something so sweet that she's secured her honorary place among my friends for the next decennium or two.

    Girlfriend

  • Phaerus Aegipti rex captus oculis per decennium, oraculum consuluit de uxoris pudicitia.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • "The third decennium [or term of ten years] having now run out, and a fourth beginning, he, being forced to it, undertook the government."

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • In the last but one decennium of the sixteenth century, the first dramatists arose who pursued fixed literary tendencies.

    Shakspere and Montaigne

  • Another decennium had to pass (Shakspere had long since withdrawn to his Stratford) before the taste of Whitehall had been so much lowered that Jonson could become a favourite of the courtly element.

    Shakspere and Montaigne

  • This addition to our wealth by the labor of the children, in the first ten years, would be small; but in the second, and each succeeding decennium, when we count children and their descendants, it would be large and constantly augmenting.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 1, January, 1864

  • You must see that congruity requires the semi-centenary, and that Sir Walter was a full decennium behind-hand.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847.

  • Still as late as in the last decennium of the last century, Capt.

    The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915

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