for·​ty-five ˌfȯr-tē-ˈfīv How to pronounce forty-five (audio)
: a number that is five more than 40 see Table of Numbers
: a .45 caliber handgun
usually written .45
: a phonograph record designed to be played at 45 revolutions per minute
usually written 45
forty-five adjective
forty-five pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of forty-five in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Organizers of the Bangkok Art Biennale have named the forty-five local and international artists participating in the event’s fourth edition. News Desk, Artforum, 5 July 2024 Jessie, a lifelong smoker, was diagnosed at the age of forty-five with emphysema, which would eventually be compounded by esophageal cancer. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 1 July 2024 In that 2020 debate, Trump had interrupted Biden and the debate’s beleaguered moderator, Chris Wallace, constantly—a hundred and forty-five times, according to one count. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 28 June 2024 Share [Findings] Half of the flights taken by British men aged twenty to forty-five are for stag parties. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 19 June 2024 This year, more than forty-five hundred Mainers applied for sixteen available licenses. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 19 June 2024 At the Chelsea production offices, an elevator door opened and there was Bing, magisterial in every respect: a lean, muscular hundred and forty-five pounds and, by the prop department’s tape measure, forty-two inches tall from his forepaws to the top of his skull. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 The boat reached its wharf at twelve forty-five A.M., Friday, April 12, 1861, destined to be the single-most consequential day in American history. CBS News, 26 Apr. 2024 The teacher also told the class that, forty-five years into the future, there would be a total eclipse visible from England, and Close resolved to see it. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of forty-five was circa 1623

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“Forty-five.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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: a .45 caliber pistol
usually written .45

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