\ ˈnīn How to pronounce nine (audio) \

Definition of nine

1 : a number that is one more than eight — see Table of Numbers
2 : the ninth in a set or series wears a nine
3 : something having nine units or members: such as
a capitalized : the nine Muses
b : a baseball team
c : the first or last nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
to the nines
1 : to perfection
2 : in a highly elaborate or showy manner dressed to the nines

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Other Words from nine

nine adjective
nine pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of nine in a Sentence

The next card was the nine of diamonds. She wears a size nine. “What time is it?” “It's nine.” He woke up at nine this morning.
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Edwards sampled all the goods dressed to the nines in a sequined sea foam-green mini dress and pink fingernails that went on for miles. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Outside Lands: Drag queen Alyssa Edwards slams spicy margaritas with chef Melissa King," 9 Aug. 2019 Her Pregnancy by a Body-Shamer on Social Media The engaged couple were the guests of honor at a baby shower in May, held in Laguna Beach, California, at event space Seven 7 Seven, which was decked to the nines. Natalie Stone,, "She's Here! RHOC Alum Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley Welcome Daughter Skylar Gray," 10 July 2019 Through the years, she's been seen at Wimbledon dressed to the nines, wearing a semi-sheer Self-Portrait dress, a steamy off-the-shoulder silk number, and more eye-catching outfits. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Takes On Wimbledon in a Pink Stella McCartney Dress," 8 July 2019 The lack of official sign-off hasn't stopped attendees from dressing to the nines. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Here's Why Day Three of the Royal Ascot Is Called Ladies’ Day," 19 June 2019 But Krantz’s mother, a lawyer for Legal Aid who was always dressed to the nines, did not want Judith and her siblings to go soft in their life of privilege. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Revisiting Judith Krantz’s “Scruples,” a Novel with a Passion for Clothes," 26 June 2019 And there was always family; on every day of the trial the defendant’s relatives filled the rows, dressed to the nines, looking upon accusers suspiciously and whispering observations to one another. Robert Klemko,, "You Never Knew Kellen Winslow Jr.," 13 June 2019 On a recent night, a bunch of teenagers come in dressed to the nines, Cabot’s the after-party for some school event. Globe Staff,, "Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant celebrates 50 years. They don’t make them like this anymore.," 12 June 2019 Each year ushers in a slew of celebrities, models, and A-Listers dressed to the nines, sipping champagne on the orange carpet, and last weekend's showing didn't disappoint. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "7 Decadent Rooms Inspired By This Weekend's Chicest Celebrity Outfits," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of nine

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

History and Etymology for nine

Middle English, from nyne, adjective, from Old English nigon; akin to Old High German niun nine, Latin novem, Greek ennea

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

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English Language Learners Definition of nine

: the number 9
: the ninth in a set or series
: nine o'clock


\ ˈnīn How to pronounce nine (audio) \

Kids Definition of nine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than eight



Kids Definition of nine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than eight : three times three : 9
2 : the ninth in a set or series

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