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ten

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noun \ˈten\

Simple Definition of ten

  • : the number 10

  • : the tenth in a set or series

  • : ten o'clock

Full Definition of ten

  1. 1 — see number table

  2. 2 :  the 10th in a set or series <wears a ten>

  3. 3 :  something having 10 units or members

  4. 4 :  a 10-dollar bill

  5. 5 :  one deserving the highest rating; specifically :  an exceptionally attractive person

ten adjective
ten pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of ten

  1. What time is it It's ten.

  2. <promised me that she would fix me up with a ten>



Origin of ten

Middle English, from Old English tīene, from tīen, adjective, ten; akin to Old High German zehan ten, Latin decem, Greek deka


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with ten



TEN Defined for Kids

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ten

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adjective \ˈten\

Definition of ten

  1. :  being one more than nine




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noun

Definition of ten

  1. 1 :  one more than nine :  two times five :  10

  2. 2 :  the tenth in a set or series





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