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nineties - Wiktionary


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nineties pl (plural only)

  1. plural of ninety
  2. The decade of the 1890s, 1990s, etc.
    • 1914, Amherst College, “Amherst graduates' quarterly”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), volume 4, page 6:
      Our readers — and contributors — are apt to elect a good deal according to years. The seventies and eighties, we may suppose, are concerned for the large educational and cultural interests of their Alma Mater; the nineties are deep in the practical and business activities; the noughties are not naughty, but still young enough to sport a fantastic costume at reunion and let the college wag as it will; the oneties are the really wise as to what the college ought to be, especially on its athletic side, but as contributors modest.
    • 1919, Harry Hamilton Johnston, The Gay-Dombeys: A Novel, Macmillan, page 172,
      He and his clever staff of minor blackguards exploited to the full every weakness and caries in the London Society of the 'eighties, 'nineties, and 'oughts.
  3. The decade of one's life from age 90 through age 99.
  4. (temperature, rates, plural only) The range between 90 and 99.


Derived terms[edit]


the decade of the 1990s

See also[edit]

decades in English (edit) 21st century2000s · 2010s · 2020s · 2030s · 2040s · 2050s · 2060s · 2070s · 2080s · 2090s 20th century1900s · 1910s · 1920s · 1930s · 1940s · 1950s · 1960s · 1970s · 1980s · 1990s 19th century1800s · 1810s · 1820s · 1830s · 1840s · 1850s · 1860s · 1870s · 1880s · 1890s 18th century1700s · 1710s · 1720s · 1730s · 1740s · 1750s · 1760s · 1770s · 1780s · 1790s Decade only00s · 10s · 20s · 30s · 40s · 50s · 60s · 70s · 80s · 90s '00s · '10s · '20s · '30s · '40s · '50s · '60s · '70s · '80s · '90s 00's · 10's · 20's · 30's · 40's · 50's · 60's · 70's · 80's · 90's aughts/noughties/oughts · oneties/tens/teens · twenties · thirties · forties · fifties · sixties · seventies · eighties · nineties NicknamesGay Nineties · Naughty Nineties · Swinging Sixties · Dirty Thirties · Roaring Twenties


nineties (not comparable)

  1. From or evoking the 91st through 100th years of a century (chiefly the 1990s).
    I found myself attracted to his mullet even though it struck me as needlessly nineties.
    • 1997, Catherine M. Scharle, “Environmental Children's Books Created by the Hearts and Hands of High School Students”, in The English Journal, volume 86, number 7, DOI:10.2307/819869, pages 86–90:
      Nineties kids are honestly "fired up" about their environment. Students are aware and worried that their world is being destroyed, and teachers only need to tap into that hidden stream of interest.




nineties f pl (plural only)

  1. nineties (decade)
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