Top 40

plural noun

Definition of Top 40 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the forty best-selling audio recordings for a given period

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Definition of Top 40 (Entry 2 of 2)

: constituting, playing, listing, or relating to the Top 40 Top 40 hits Top 40 stations Top 40 charts

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Parking Property Advisors and the parking app Parkopedia released a survey this year that gathered parking price data on the top 40 U.S. markets — and Louisville was consistently among the cheapest in the country. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville downtown parking cost are rising. Are we being overcharged?," 13 July 2018 Only Elvis Presley has more top 20 (48) and top 40 entries (80). Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Drake's 'I'm Upset' Debuts in Billboard Hot 100's Top 20," 5 June 2018 Jose Abreu, Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada rank in the top 50 in the American League in average and top 40 in slugging on first pitches. Phil Thompson,, "Matt Davidson a late scratch with back tightness, replaced by Jose Rondon in White Sox lineup," 26 May 2018 The top 40 men, 40 women and 30 four-person teams are invited to compete at the West Regional. Linda Mcintosh,, "Brother Bennos helps stamp out hunger," 22 May 2018 Net profits of the world’s top 40 mining companies more than doubled last year. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Indonesia Moves Closer to Taking Controlling Stake in Freeport Copper Mine," 12 July 2018 Now in the top 40, Greek teenager has the makings of a future star. Jon Wertheim,, "French Open 2018 Seed Reports," 24 May 2018 With two picks in the top 40, Pace has a golden opportunity to find difference-makers who can come in and help right away. Rich Campbell,, "Fill in the blank: Bears writers address four topics before NFL draft," 22 Apr. 2018 The new methodology is variable, based on the domestic parts content of the top 40 percent of the model year’s eligible vehicles. Robert Duffer,, "3 of the top 10 most American-made vehicles are made in Illinois," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of Top 40

Plural noun

1965, in the meaning defined above


1965, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of Top 40

: the forty best-selling music recordings for a particular period of time

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