nine·​teen nīn-ˈtēn How to pronounce nineteen (audio)
: a number that is one more than 18 see Table of Numbers
nineteen adjective
nineteen pronoun, plural in construction
nīn-ˈtēn(t)th How to pronounce nineteen (audio)
adjective or noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The company’s policy of military-historical accuracy prohibits it from making inauthentic garments; actual MA-1 flight jackets, produced for about twenty years, starting in the late nineteen-fifties, were sage green. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2019 When researchers first visited, in the late nineteen-fifties, there were no bats present in December and January, and yet, according to the data, there are now fifty thousand or more bats emerging during the winter. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2019 Celebrity News Twenty nineteen could prove to be Taylor Swift's biggest year yet. Abby Gardner, Glamour, 14 Mar. 2019 What to do with recent ruins, whether to reconstruct or replace or revere or remove them, was a prevailing design dilemma of the late nineteen-fifties and early nineteen-sixties. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, 5 Jan. 2017 In the nineteen-fifties, Louis Marx & Company began producing figurines of every U.S. President. Don Steinberg, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2017

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Word History


Middle English nynetene, adjective, from Old English nigontēne, from nigon + -tīene (akin to Old English tīen ten) — more at ten

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Nineteen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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nine·​teen (ˈ)nīn(t)-ˈtēn How to pronounce nineteen (audio)
: a number that is one more than 18 see number
nineteen adjective or pronoun
nineteenth adjective or noun

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