\ 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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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 Prince William and Kate Middleton were seen driving to the party dressed to the nines, as were Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Prince Charles’s Glamorous Birthday Party at Buckingham Palace," 15 Nov. 2018 She was dressed to the nines, in her highest heels, a tight-fitted dress, and a padded bra., "For Trans Women, "Passing" Isn't Just Cosmetic — It's Survival," 25 May 2018 Accoutrements like these wouldn't seem entirely out of place in a Bentley Mulsanne or a Mercedes-Benz S-class, so to see a Buick dressed to the nines like this is unusual. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Thought the Lexus LM Was the Most Luxe Minivan? Buick Just Said "Not Today" with GL8 Concept," 10 May 2019 One dressed to the nines and barefoot, the other looking cool as a cucumber in flared jeans and sneakers. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "Jennifer Lopez and Joanna Gaines Take Their Friendship to the Next Level in New Instagram Posts," 28 Apr. 2019 Trump also attended a GOP dinner that night and basked in the applause of hundreds of dressed-to-the-nines attendees. Jonathan Lemire, The Seattle Times, "Trump claims vindication in Mueller report, goes on attack," 25 Mar. 2019 Khloé’s house was decked to the nines A sea of pink balloons cascading down her grand staircase. Dave Quinn,, "Inside Khloé Kardashian's Backyard 34th Birthday Bash — Including Kylie Jenner's Touching Toast," 28 June 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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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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