\ 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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Meanwhile, the crowd were all dressed to the nines, making the most of the all-black-designers dress code. Naomi Elizee, Vogue, "Ciara Was the Guest of Honor at Harlem’s Fashion Row Event," 6 Sep. 2019 The corpses are displayed like a museum exhibit, dressed to the nines and arranged in grotesquely lifelike posts. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 The show was designed by Jan Versweyveld, a Broadway show designer, so the art is really a set, with the dressed-to-the-nines partiers the central works of art. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Time for a Riot: Camp Fashion at the Met, and a Real Riot at the Stonewall," 31 Aug. 2019 Acuna and Adeiny Hechavarria each hit a two-run homer, Teheran struck out a season-high nine and the Braves beat Miami 5-0 on Wednesday night despite being held to three hits. Charles Odum,, "Caleb Smith gives up a pair of two-run homers as Braves hand Marlins their fifth straight loss," 22 Aug. 2019 One side comes to life with a vibrant mosaic displaying the procession of 22 virgins and the three magi dressed to the nines. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 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

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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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