fif·​teen | \ ˌfif-ˈtēn How to pronounce fifteen (audio) , ˈfif-ˌtēn \

Definition of fifteen

1 : a number that is one more than fourteen — see Table of Numbers
2 : the first point scored by a side in a game of tennis

called also five

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Other Words from fifteen

fifteen adjective
fifteen pronoun, plural in construction
fifteenth \ ˌfif-​ˈtēn(t)th How to pronounce fifteen (audio) , ˈfif-​ˌtēn(t)th \ adjective or noun

Examples of fifteen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the end, Roosevelt had sent fifteen major proposals to Capitol Hill and all fifteen sailed through. Kevin M. Kruse, Esquire, "The Most Successful First 100 Days Of An Administration Didn't Belong To Who You (Or Donald Trump) Think," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of fifteen

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

History and Etymology for fifteen

Middle English fiftene, adjective, from Old English fīftēne, from fīf five + -tīene (akin to Old English tīen ten) — more at five, ten

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The first known use of fifteen was before the 12th century

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“Fifteen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fifteen

: the number 15


fif·​teen | \ fif-ˈtēn How to pronounce fifteen (audio) , ˈfif-ˌtēn \

Kids Definition of fifteen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than 14



Kids Definition of fifteen (Entry 2 of 2)

: one more than 14 : three times five : 15

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