: a number that is one more than seven see Table of Numbers
: the eighth in a set or series
the eight of spades
: something having eight units or members: such as
: an 8-oared racing boat or its crew
: an 8-cylinder engine or automobile
eight adjective
eight pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of eight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seeing repeating eights is a sign of abundance, says Mystic Michaela, the author of The Angel Numbers Book, host of the Know Your Aura podcast host, and fourth-generation psychic medium. Jacqueline Tempera, Women's Health, 19 Aug. 2023 The women’s pair and lightweight double should get there, and the eights should be in the chase. John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2023 Stabile explains that society doesn’t value female eights that way male eights are valued, even in this day and age. Addison Aloian, Women's Health, 11 June 2023 Another eight who completed their quarantine re-boarded the ship to make their way back to Germany. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 10 June 2020 And refineries, storage tank hubs and pipelines are quickly filling to the brim, while ocean tankers carrying as much as 300 million barrels of oil are floating or sailing figure-eights waiting for buyers. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2020 For the awards show, nail artist Eri Ishizu decorated Lizzo’s tips with glitter-eights in honor of the singer receiving eight Grammy nominations. Jennifer Ford, Essence, 28 Jan. 2020 Inside linebackers Who's leaving: After an up-and-down senior year, two-year starter Kash Daniel closed his career on a high note with a team-high eight tackles in the Belk Bowl. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 1 Jan. 2020 The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker had a career-best and team-high nine tackles in last week’s loss to the New England Patriots, seven days removed from what was previously his season-high eight tackles in Cleveland. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, 20 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History


Middle English eighte, from eighte, adjective, from Old English eahta; akin to Old High German ahto eight, Latin octo, Greek oktō

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of eight was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Eight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eight. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a number that is one more than seven see number
: the eighth in a set or series
: something having eight units or members
eight adjective or pronoun

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