Definition of forty-eight

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: being one more than 47 in number forty-eight years — see Table of Numbers
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Definition of forty-eight (Entry 2 of 3)

: 48 countable persons or things not specified but under consideration and being enumerated forty-eight are here forty-eight were found


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Definition of forty-eight (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : eight and 40 : three times 16 : four times 12 : six times eight : four dozen
2a : 48 units or objects a total of forty-eight
b : a group or set of 48
3 : the numerable quantity symbolized by the arabic numerals 48
4 : the 48th in a set or series especially : an article of clothing of the 48th size wears a forty-eight
6 : a 48-hour leave (as from military duties)

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