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

digit, figure, integer, number, numeric, whole number

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Examples of numeral in a Sentence


write the answer in Roman numerals

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Only residences or businesses with a leading zero will have their numeral address change. Andrew Theen,, "Plan to shift thousands of addresses to 'South Portland' heads to City Council," 30 May 2018 Simply press a button to see the time displayed in numeral form on the screen of the computer., "Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Meets With President Trump," 27 Feb. 2018 Riley Keough’s tattooed body is a map to her life: symbols from Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album, the Hanged Man from the tarot deck, the Gemini sign that looks like a Roman numeral two, her Mayan calendar birthday. Taffy Brodesser-akner, New York Times, "The Season of Riley Keough," 15 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another intercepted conversation featured a Russian soldier traveling with a convoy that included the same Buk launcher investigators had identified, with the numerals 3 and 2 on its side. Patrick Smith, NBC News, "MH17 attack probe accused 4 men of murder — here's why," 20 June 2019 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 The olive green face, 18-karat yellow gold hands and sunray dial make for an eye-catching addition to the Rolex Datejust range—but the best detail is at 6 o’clock, where the VI numeral is set with 11 diamonds. Alexander Fisher, WSJ, "Baselworld Report: Our 10 Favorite Watches," 26 Mar. 2019 Patek Philippe was the first to make an automatic version (based on a ladies pendant watch movement, no less), and its reference 5327G with the blue dial and Breguet numerals is a versatile beauty that reflects Patek’s nearly 200-year heritage. Cara Barrett, Town & Country, "The Newest Trend in Serious Watch Collecting? Women," 21 Sep. 2018 Look at that updating tally hanging on the wall in sheets of white 8x11 paper, one numeral per sheet, showing how much has been raised in the last few hours: $90,000. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Mayor Hogsett, Little League players, even grandmothers go bald to honor Jack Klein," 2 June 2018 Others recall signs illuminated by LEDs, their flashing numerals transformed into constellations of various densities. David Pagel,, "From the tiniest of pinpoints of color, Xylor Jane creates pulsating patterns of life," 5 Feb. 2018 The most noticeable development seems to be a numeral, not a name. Bryce Miller,, "Lakers could contend sooner than you think; much work remains for Padres," 6 July 2018 Studies have shown that adults take a few moments longer to recognize the number zero compared to other numerals. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The mind-bendy weirdness of the number zero, explained," 5 July 2018 Duda's breakthrough was to develop an encoding scheme, called asymmetric numeral systems (ANS), that provides the best of both worlds. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain," 10 June 2018

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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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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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