\ˈnīn \

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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On that day, more than 250 black men dressed to the nines greeted arriving students with high-fives. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Trying to make good on someone else’s promise: new group helps 10 Seattle kids pay for college," 16 Sep. 2018 To create continuity with his client’s exuberantly decorated home, D’Urso furnished the closet to the nines. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Stylist’s Dream Closet Comes to Life," 20 Aug. 2018 Junior midfielder Payton McDonnell has added 15 goals and a team-high nine assists. Chicago Tribune,, "St. Viator advances to Class 2A girls soccer state semifinals," 30 May 2018 His nine wins were tied for the lead in the International League, and his 1.89 ERA in 16 starts was by far the lowest in the league. Bob Brookover,, "Phillies prospect Enyel De Los Santos making his MLB debut | Extra Innings," 10 July 2018 Maday, from West Linn, Ore., and the 2017 winner of the Oregon Amateur, had a pair of 4-under 68s on the 6,986-yard, par-72 South and North nines at Sahalee. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Two 68s has Oregon’s Cole Maday leading Sahalee Players Championship by four strokes," 2 July 2018 This club continues to set standards for what rock bottom can be, and on Sunday, right-hander Alex Cobb was blasted for a career-high nine runs, unable to get through the fourth inning. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles swept in 4-game set as 13-3 loss in Toronto ties their worst 2018 margin of defeat," 10 June 2018 The Padres’ third-year hurler allowed a career-high nine runs in three innings in a 13-4 loss, further stressing a bullpen that now leads the majors with 86-plus innings this season. Jeff Sanders,, "Luis Perdomo rocked as LA sweeps Padres," 18 Apr. 2018 To show how poised and talented Ewing's players are, at regionals on the final day, the Lady Spartans carded two nines and an eight to count for the team score. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Houston to be heavily represented at girls Class 6A state golf tourney," 19 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of nine

: the number 9

: the ninth in a set or series

: nine o'clock


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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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