ˈātth How to pronounce eighth (audio)
plural eighths ˈāt(th)s How to pronounce eighth (audio)
: one that is number eight in a series
the eighth of the month
see Table of Numbers
: one of eight equal parts of something
one eighth of a pie
an eighth of a pound
: octave
He contrasted himself with Elton John, who complained that his chubby hands could only reach an eighth, which was a hindrance to his piano technique (though clearly he overcame the problem).Susan Wyndham
eighth adjective or adverb
the eighth person in line
the country's eighth largest city

Examples of eighth in a Sentence

one eighth of the pie An eighth of a pound is two ounces.
Recent Examples on the Web An army of five Rays’ relievers followed Zach Eflin and allowed one run over the final five innings, including Pete Fairbanks’ eighth save in a 1-2-3 ninth. Harvey Fialkov, Miami Herald, 6 June 2024 In the eighth, Nicholls had the tying run at second with one out but did not score. Staff and News Service Reports, Orange County Register, 31 May 2024 The Brewers’ five-run eighth served as the decisive blow. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 28 May 2024 In the week prior to the auction, the two-year-olds get under tack and a rider takes them on the track’s backstretch, first walking, then cantering, then galloping into the final turn, then picking up speed and sprinting flat out over the last eighth of a mile. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for eighth 

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Word History

First Known Use

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of eighth was in 1557

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“Eighth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eighth. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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plural eighths ˈāt(th)s How to pronounce eighth (audio)
: one that is number eight in a series see number
eighth adjective or adverb

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