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Syllabification: six·teen
Pronunciation: /sikˈstēn
, ˈsikˌstēn/

Definition of sixteen in English:

cardinal number

1Equivalent to the product of four and four; one more than fifteen, or six more than ten; 16: sixteen miles east of Detroit sixteen of our eighteen patients (Roman numeral: xvi, XVI)
More example sentences
  • They were working fifteen to sixteen hours a day and at the same time coping with the difficulties of living on a reduced benefit.
  • A total of fifteen salmon were caught by anglers ranging in age from four years to sixteen years.
  • We only have about four hundred students in all, so the most we have in a class in fifteen or sixteen.
1.1A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by sixteen.
1.2Sixteen years old: a daughter of sixteen
More example sentences
  • His sixteen year old daughter stood on the porch, her arms crossed over her chest, her gaze hard and cold.
  • When the two adults arrived home, they were both met by their sixteen year old daughters.
  • He got his first job in Joyce's of Ballymoe at the age of sixteen and went into business himself some years later as a street trader.


Old English siextīene (see six, -teen).



Pronunciation: /sikˈstēnTH, ˈsikˌstēnTH/
ordinal number
Example sentences
  • The workers from India, she says, would be earning a sixteenth of what she had been paid.
  • The word ‘modern’ appeared first in English toward the end of the sixteenth century.
  • A bishop has appealed for the community to help after a church was burgled for the sixteenth time in four months.

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