nu·​mer·​al | \ ˈnüm-rəl How to pronounce numeral (audio) , ˈnü-mə-; ˈnyüm-, ˈnyü-mə- \

Definition of numeral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or expressing numbers
2 : consisting of numbers or numerals



Definition of numeral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a conventional symbol that represents a number
2 numerals plural : numbers that designate by year a school or college class and that are awarded for distinction in an extracurricular activity

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Other Words from numeral


numerally adverb

Synonyms for numeral

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of numeral in a Sentence

Noun write the answer in Roman numerals
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Three-dimensional things may be worked into the surface, or overlaid above it: One composition includes some of those adhesive metal numeral plates used to identify addresses, and another is partly hidden under a thick wrapping of twine. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 The official name given to all of this is the Brood X generation (wherein this is the roman numeral standing for ten) or ostensibly referred to as The Great Eastern Brood. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Its numeral hour markers and broad sword-style hands are extremely legible, even on the small sub registers. Daniel Bentley, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2021 The pieces are tailored to fit a variety of body types, with a unique size range that’s numbered one through 12, with each numeral corresponding to a specific set of measurements, so that customers can find their most precise fit. Emily Ruane,, 4 Feb. 2021 His shirt included a heart below the right shoulder with the numeral 2 — Gianna’s jersey number. Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2021 Among them, there’s a Typography face that focuses in on different numeral styles, and a Memoji face that features your own personal avatar. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 15 Sep. 2020 Chocolate Iced Kreme Filled, Strawberry Iced Kreme Filled, Cake Batter Filled, and Yellow Iced Original Glazed—with fitting numeral accoutrements for the occasion. Southern Living, 12 May 2020 Only residences or businesses with a leading zero will have their numeral address change. Andrew Theen,, 30 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun References to the numeral are scattered throughout her life and music. Lisette Voytko, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 And none of the books on his shelf have titles, just a single numeral on each of their spines. Chris Lee, Vulture, 16 Aug. 2021 The chunky red-orange address numerals of 211 Ervay. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 15 May 2020 Made from real tin, these chunky dice feature intricately carved faces, raised numerals, and ornate edge-work. Popular Science, 9 Apr. 2020 That is why Melania Trump appears to have her left hand across her chest and there is a backward numeral 4 in the video. Author: Sarah Blaskey, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Feb. 2020 Pinball has since rolled with the trends and technologies of the day, evolving from scores displayed with analog numbers on rotating reels to digital numerals and circuit boards, later incorporating dot matrix screens and now LCD displays. San Antonio Express-News, 5 Mar. 2020 Every number, including a date, can be boiled down to a single-digit numeral from one to nine. Erika W. Smith,, 29 Feb. 2020 Fashioned from a wafer-thin slice of polished Arizona turquoise, its numerals and bezel are studded with more than 100 brilliant-cut diamonds. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of numeral


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for numeral


Middle English, from Late Latin numeralis, from Latin numerus

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“Numeral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of numeral

: a symbol (such as 1, 2, or 3) that represents a number


nu·​mer·​al | \ ˈnü-mə-rəl How to pronounce numeral (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Kids Definition of numeral

: a symbol or group of symbols representing a number

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