nine

noun

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
nine adjective
nine pronoun, plural in construction
Phrases
to the nines
1
: to perfection
2
: in a highly elaborate or showy manner
dressed to the nines

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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Nine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nine. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

nine

noun
1
: a number that is one more than eight see number
2
: the ninth in a set or series
3
: a baseball team
nine adjective or pronoun

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