Definition of sixteen in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪksˈtiːn/
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪkstiːn/

cardinal number

1Equivalent to the product of four and four; one more than fifteen, or six more than ten; 16: sixteen miles east of Dublin sixteen of our eighteen patients (Roman numeral: xvi or 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).

Words that rhyme with sixteen

Aberdeen, Amin, aquamarine, baleen, bean, been, beguine, Benin, between, canteen, careen, Claudine, clean, contravene, convene, cuisine, dean, Dene, e'en, eighteen, fascine, fedayeen, fifteen, figurine, foreseen, fourteen, Francine, gean, gene, glean, gombeen, green, Greene, Halloween, intervene, Janine, Jean, Jeannine, Jolene, Kean, keen, Keene, Ladin, langoustine, latrine, lean, limousine, machine, Maclean, magazine, Malines, margarine, marine, Mascarene, Massine, Maxine, mean, Medellín, mesne, mien, Moline, moreen, mujahedin, Nadine, nankeen, Nazarene, Nene, nineteen, nougatine, obscene, palanquin, peen, poteen, preen, quean, Rabin, Racine, ramin, ravine, routine, Sabine, saltine, sardine, sarin, sateen, scene, screen, seen, serene, seventeen, shagreen, shebeen, sheen, spleen, spring-clean, squireen, Steen, submarine, supervene, tambourine, tangerine, teen, terrine, thirteen, transmarine, treen, tureen, Tyrrhene, ultramarine, umpteen, velveteen, wean, ween, Wheen, yean

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