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

Examples of numeral in a Sentence

Noun write the answer in Roman numerals
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "The Apple Watch Series 6 is official with blood oxygen monitoring and striking new colors," 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, "Krispy Kreme Debuts Limited-Edition "Graduate Dozen" and High School and College Grads Can Get Them for Free," 12 May 2020 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 The chunky red-orange address numerals of 211 Ervay. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "100 reasons to love Dallas right now: A critic’s list of the places that make the city and its architecture special.," 15 May 2020 Made from real tin, these chunky dice feature intricately carved faces, raised numerals, and ornate edge-work. Popular Science, "Polyhedral gaming dice are the weapons of your imagination," 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, "Trump says Americans should ‘stand proudly’ for the anthem. Video shows him pointing, fidgeting at Super Bowl party.," 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, "San Antonio home to a world-ranked pinball wizard," 5 Mar. 2020 Every number, including a date, can be boiled down to a single-digit numeral from one to nine. Erika W. Smith,, "What Leap Day 2020 Means In Numerology," 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, "An Eclectic German Getaway, Utilitarian Fall Boots and More," 11 Oct. 2019 The jerseys are black, trimmed in gold numerals and letters, with a distinctive gold band that rings the full circumference of the collar., "The snazzy new jerseys, to be worn in game action for the first time when the Rangers visit for Friday’s 1 p.m. matinee, feature an oversized bold “B” on the chest, taking the place of the club’s iconic spoked-B logo that is embedded into center ice at the Garden.," 25 Nov. 2019 This custom symbolic system begins by introducing ET to numerals and progresses to more complex topics like human biology and the planets in our solar system. Wired, "Do We Need a Special Language to Talk to Aliens?," 5 Nov. 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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The first known use of numeral was in the 14th century

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19 Sep 2020

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“Numeral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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