plural ninths ˈnīn(t)s How to pronounce ninth (audio)
: one that is number nine in a series
They're leaving on the ninth.
The batter hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth.
see Table of Numbers
: one of nine equal parts of something
She owned a ninth of the company.
: a musical interval embracing an octave and a second
: the tone at this interval
: a chord containing a ninth
ninth adjective or adverb
the ninth day of the month
the book's ninth edition
He finished ninth in the race.

Examples of ninth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Closer Will Smith tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 10th save of the season. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 3 June 2023 Jeremy Jeffress worked a 1-2-3 ninth, and the Brewers were back in the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2023 After the game resumed, call-up Nick Robertson pitched a perfect ninth. Alex Speier,, 10 Sep. 2023 Devin Williams picked up his 17th save of the year with a perfect ninth. Journal Sentinel, 2 July 2023 Hoby Milner and Elvis Peguero, throwing for the third day in a row, combined for five outs with no blemishes to build the bridge from Rea to closer Devin Williams, who threw a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. Journal Sentinel, 26 June 2023 Manager Terry Francona said Straw’s running catch of a drive by Blake Sabol in the ninth prevented the tying run from coming to the plate and allowed closer Emmanuel Clase to work free and easy for his 40th save. Joe Noga, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2023 Will Brennan collected a pair of hits, including a single in the ninth that allowed Giménez to move into scoring position. Joe Noga, cleveland, 30 Aug. 2023 Williams pitched another 1-2-3 ninth to record his third save of the series and 23rd of the season. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of ninth was in the 13th century

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“Ninth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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plural ninths
: one that is number nine in a series see number
ninth adjective or adverb

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