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Dictionary Definition



1 a period of 10 years [syn: decennary, decennium]
2 the cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one; the base of the decimal system [syn: ten, 10, X, tenner]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • AHD: dəkād', dĕk'ād
  • /dəˈkeɪd/|/ˈdekeɪd/
  • SAMPA: /d@"keId/, /"dekeId/
  • Rhymes: -eɪd


  1. A series of ten things.
  2. A period of ten years.
  3. A series of ten Hail Marys in the rosary.



a series of ten things
a period of ten years
a series of ten Hail Marys in the rosary



  1. decade, a period of ten days

Related terms

Verb form

  1. third-person singular indicative present of decadere

Extensive Definition

A decade is a set or a group of ten, commonly a period of 10 years in contemporary English, or a period of 10 days in the French Republican calendar. The word is derived from the late Latin "decas", from Greek "dekas", from deka. In contemporary English, the word can be used to specify a general period of ten years, for example "The last decade was characterized by the rise of the Internet". A decade may also be a well-defined historical period of ten years in a dating system. In that sense, the first decade of the 20th century indicates a period from January 1, 1901 until December 31, 1910.

See also

decade in Tosk Albanian: Jahrzehnt
decade in Aragonese: Dezenio
decade in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Дзесяцігодзьдзі
decade in Bosnian: Decenija
decade in Catalan: Dècada
decade in Danish: Årti
decade in German: Jahrzehnt
decade in Estonian: Aastakümned
decade in Spanish: Década
decade in Esperanto: Jardekoj
decade in Basque: Hamarkada
decade in Persian: دهه
decade in French: Décennie
decade in Western Frisian: Desennium
decade in Galician: Década
decade in Korean: 연대 (연도)
decade in Croatian: Desetljeće
decade in Ido: Yardeko
decade in Indonesian: Dasawarsa
decade in Icelandic: Áratugur
decade in Italian: Decennio
decade in Georgian: ათწლეული
decade in Haitian: Deseni
decade in Latin: Decennium
decade in Latvian: Desmitgade
decade in Lithuanian: Dešimtmečiai
decade in Malayalam: ദശാബ്ദങ്ങള്‍
decade in Malay (macrolanguage): Dekad
decade in Dutch: Decennium
decade in Japanese: 10年紀
decade in Norwegian: Tiår
decade in Polish: Dziesięciolecie
decade in Portuguese: Década
decade in Romanian: Decenii
decade in Russian: Десятилетие
decade in Albanian: Dekada
decade in Simple English: Decade
decade in Slovenian: Seznam desetletij
decade in Serbian: Десетлеће
decade in Finnish: Luettelo vuosikymmenistä
decade in Swedish: Decennium
decade in Tamil: பத்தாண்டு
decade in Thai: คริสต์ทศวรรษ
decade in Chinese: 年代

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Big Dick, Decalogue, Ten Commandments, X, abundant year, academic year, annum, bissextile year, calendar month, calendar year, century, common year, day, decagon, decagram, decahedron, decaliter, decameter, decare, decastere, decastyle, decasyllable, decemvir, decemvirate, decennary, decennium, decigram, deciliter, decimeter, decurion, defective year, fiscal year, fortnight, hour, leap year, lunar month, lunar year, lunation, luster, lustrum, man-hour, microsecond, millennium, millisecond, minute, moment, month, moon, quarter, quinquennium, regular year, second, semester, session, sidereal year, solar year, sun, ten, tenner, term, trimester, twelvemonth, week, weekday, year
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