\ ˈten How to pronounce ten (audio) \

Definition of ten

1 : a number that is one more than nine — see Table of Numbers
2 : the 10th in a set or series wears a ten
3 : something having 10 units or members
4 : a 10-dollar bill
5 : one deserving the highest rating specifically : an exceptionally attractive person

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Other Words from ten

ten adjective
ten pronoun, plural in construction

Synonyms & Antonyms for ten


babe [slang], cutie (or cutey), dish, doll, dreamboat [slang], fox, glamour-puss, hottie, knockout, looker, showstopper



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Examples of ten in a Sentence

“What time is it” “It's ten.” promised me that she would fix me up with a ten

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Nobody knows for sure how many of Britain’s 280,000 or so Jews have Sephardic heritage; Mr Mendoza estimates that the number is in the tens of thousands. The Economist, "British Jews trace Iberian heritage to retain EU citizenship," 4 July 2019 For Google and Facebook, the tens of millions of people who will come online as a result also represent a larger target market for their ever-growing cache of products and advertising services. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Google and Facebook are circling Africa with huge undersea cables to get millions online," 1 July 2019 However, Police’s risk assessment indicates that there is a serious safety threat’’. Yet, demonstrators turned up in the tens of thousands, filling Hong Kong’s main roads with a swell of shuffling people. Shibani Mahtani, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong police forcibly clear thousands of protesters occupying legislature complex," 1 July 2019 Women’s soccer was popular in much of Europe in the first half of the 20th century, with games in England regularly drawing crowds in the tens of thousands. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Jill Ellis came to America to prosper in soccer, and now, the world is catching up," 29 June 2019 Everyone who competes goes home with some money, some in the hundreds of dollars and others in the tens of thousands. NBC News, "As student debt becomes a cultural touchstone, brands look to profit," 25 June 2019 One candidate of sub-Saharan African descent wants to improve race relations in a country where activists estimate tens of thousands of people still live in slavery despite the practice being banned by the government for decades. Washington Post, "Mauritania votes as departing president respects term limits," 22 June 2019 Citing unspecified Iranian threats, the U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier to the Middle East and deployed additional troops alongside the tens of thousands already there. Nasser Karimi, chicagotribune.com, "Iran calls new U.S. sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic’," 25 June 2019 Sally Beauty is the largest supplier to the fragmented beauty salon business, which still has tens of thousands of independent stylists. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Shares of Denton-based Sally Beauty slide as Amazon targets its professional salon customers," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of ten

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ten

Middle English, going back to Old English tīen (West Saxon), tēn, going back to Germanic *tehun (whence also Old Frisian tiān, tiēn "ten," Old Saxon tehan, Old High German zehan, Old Norse tíu, Gothic taihun), going back to Indo-European *deḱm̥, whence also Old Irish deich "ten," Welsh deg, Latin decem, Old Church Slavic desętĭ, Lithuanian dẽšimt, Albanian dhjetë, Greek déka, Armenian tasn, Tocharian A śäk, Tocharian B śak, Avestan dasa, Sanskrit daśa

Note: The Slavic, Baltic, and perhaps Albanian forms are derived from the ordinal base *deḱm̥-t-.

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English Language Learners Definition of ten

: the number 10
: the tenth in a set or series
: ten o'clock


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Kids Definition of ten

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than nine



Kids Definition of ten (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than nine : two times five : 10
2 : the tenth in a set or series

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