\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web We especially like the return of first season Shoshanna (but dressed to the nines in Tanya Taylor rather than Zosia Mamet’s character’s ubiquitous tracksuits). Eliza Huber,, "Tanya Taylor Opts Out Of NYFW; Releases 5-Part Comedy Series Instead," 7 Feb. 2020 Its playful video sees him dressed to the nines while romping through a pasture, being roped to a tree by sentient vines, and floating Lebowski-like over fields of rainbow flowers. Marcus Jones,, "Friday Five: Frank Ocean's timely love story, Orville Peck's cloudless new tune, and more," 4 Apr. 2020 The anchor people are usually in the studio, dressed to the nines. Carl Nolte,, "Life was moving so fast, too fast maybe. Now, look at us," 28 Mar. 2020 Had a season-high nine tackles and a sack against Chicago and recovered a fumble earlier in the season. David Moore, Dallas News, "Cowboys evaluations: DeMarcus Lawrence’s sack total was lower, but he was still a force on defense. Who else is holding steady?," 6 Jan. 2020 Wilson ended his rookie season by leading Cleveland with a career-high nine tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Alabama NFL roundup: Levi Wallace hurt with playoffs ahead," 30 Dec. 2019 Owusu-Koramoah, who finished with a game-high nine tackles, recorded three of Notre Dame’s four total sacks. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame finds passion and purpose in Camping World Bowl rout of Iowa State," 29 Dec. 2019 Breeze had a fumble recovery and pick-six against USC, recovered the late fumble in the Civil War and made a career-high nine tackles and had an interception in the Pac-12 championship, when Young had a career-best eight stops with a sack. oregonlive, "How Brady Breeze, Bryson Young went from odd men out to 2 of Oregon Ducks’ most impactful defenders," 27 Dec. 2019 The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker had a career-best and team-high nine tackles in last week’s loss to the New England Patriots, seven days removed from what was previously his season-high eight tackles in Cleveland. Tyler Dragon,, "Zac Taylor on Germaine Pratt: Certainly a lot of positives that we're excited about," 20 Dec. 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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“Nine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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