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

Followers of numerology have long testified to the unsettling power of the numeral. Melonyce Mcafee And Lisa Rose, CNN, "13 fun facts about Friday the 13th," 13 Sep. 2019 That issue has been addressed this season by making the numerals thicker (additional info here): Also: The Titans will honor two of their franchise's greatest players by retiring Steve McNair's No. 9 and Eddie George's No. Paul Lukas,, "Uni Watch: NFL Uniform Preview 2019," 3 Sep. 2019 The words are in the Moabite language and script, while the numerals in the inscriptions are in Hieratic (an Egyptian writing system). Fox News, "Biblical war revealed on 2,800-year-old stone altar," 27 Aug. 2019 In the upcoming Bond 25, James Bond is dissociated from his iconic numeral: 007. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Captain Marvel's Lashana Lynch Is Reportedly the New 007," 15 July 2019 France is wearing dark blue tops with red and white numerals over blue shorts. Kevin Baxter,, "Women’s World Cup recap: U.S. beats France 2-1 on two Megan Rapinoe goals," 28 June 2019 Attached to another tree, were a Minnie Mouse and other stuffed toys, candles and balloons, including a numeral 3 balloon. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Autopsy to be performed Monday on 3-year-old girl shot, killed in weekend road rage incident on city's north side," 14 July 2019 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

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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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