\ˈten \

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

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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In fact, on the present schedule, and because the staggering development costs of Boeing’s rocket will measure in the tens of billions of dollars, NASA seems unlikely to land humans even on the Moon in the 2020s. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA budgeting reveals dim hopes for humans going to Mars," 26 Apr. 2018 The President is largely avoiding the British capital during his visit, as tens of thousands prepare to take the streets in protest at his policies. Dan Stewart, Time, "The 3 Big Takeaways from Donald Trump's Controversial Interview with The Sun," 13 July 2018 In 2011, Kennedy wrote a 5-4 decision upholding a lower court order mandating that California release tens of thousands of prisoners to reduce overcrowding, which the state itself admitted was unconstitutional. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "America under Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 The secret bargain in 1995 came as tens of thousands of refugees languished at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay after interception at sea. Christopher Marquis, miamiherald, "Jorge Mas Canosa dead at 58," 15 June 2018 When the nerdy menswear historians write about the year 2018, the tens of people reading will note this was the moment when streetwear finally took over the world. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Hedi Slimane's Céline Will Borrow a Trick from the Supreme Playbook," 8 June 2018 Previous estimates had suggested the moon’s crust might be tens if not hundreds of kilometers thick—too thick, that is, to allow direct exploration of its potentially life-friendly ocean anytime soon. Ramin Skibba, Scientific American, "Decades-Old Data Unveils Plumes Spewing from Europa," 14 May 2018 Then came the oil crunch; and almost immediately all of the tens of thousands of unsold Datsuns sitting in port transit yards disappeared overnight as dealers begged for that fuel-efficient product. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Ford Quits the Car Business," 5 May 2018 There are tens of thousands of cameras on Guiyang streets, which reportedly use algorithms to locate any individual in about two minutes. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "China Is the Automotive Alternate Universe," 4 May 2018

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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, from Old English tīene, from tīen, adjective, ten; akin to Old High German zehan ten, Latin decem, Greek deka

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The first known use of ten was before the 12th century

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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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