ten

noun
\ 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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

dog

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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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Verdicts in the tens of millions of dollars, or even hundreds of millions, are not uncommon, Jeff Dion, director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association said in an email. CBS News, "Georgia jurors award $1 billion to rape victim, leave jury box to hug her," 24 May 2018 In a couple of moves, Rodriguez bolstered the depth of the roster with two top-ten draft picks. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Fire shake up the roster, the Alexis Sanchez saga and the best of the soccer weekend," 21 Jan. 2018 At 57, Meghan Laws has finished Western States 11 times—including ten top-ten finishes. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Best Running Socks, According to Ultramarathoners," 22 June 2018 Since last spring, Chinese authorities in the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang have ensnared tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Muslim Chinese — and even foreign citizens — in mass internment camps. Fox News, "'Thank the Party!' China tries to brainwash Muslims in camps," 17 May 2018 Courtesy of Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann Camper lovers in the U.S. may be packing for a last summer hurrah this Labor Day weekend, but over in Europe tens of thousands of people are visiting the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Finally, a camper that could be towed by an electric car," 29 Aug. 2018 His album Christmas Hymns and Carols was the first classical record ever to go gold, and each year tens of thousands of people heard his concerts live, not to mention the millions more who listened in radio land. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Lobster Bisque from Alex Hitz," 14 Nov. 2013 And with the price tag of FFS often in the tens of thousands of dollars, there’s certainly an uncomfortable feeling that comes with contributing to an industry that profits from our pain. Serena Daniari, Allure, "The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It," 23 Mar. 2019 Texas Democrats are trying to seize on revelations about a controversial data collection company that may have improperly gathered information about tens of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge to help Republicans win elections. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Democrats try to seize on Cambridge Analytica controversy," 28 Mar. 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, 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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The first known use of ten was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for ten

ten

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ten

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

ten

adjective
\ ˈten How to pronounce ten (audio) \

Kids Definition of ten

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than nine

ten

noun

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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