\ 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web China's lockdown has curbed deadly pollution, likely saving the lives of tens of thousands. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, March 18," 18 Mar. 2020 The games would go on, the Big Ten initially insisted, its only concession to the health of the tens of thousands of people playing in, working at or attending its conference tournaments being to close locker rooms for interviews. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Common sense prevails in NBA, NCAA, but not for the right reasons," 12 Mar. 2020 The president attracts overflow crowds in the tens of thousands to his campaign rallies, consistently filling major arenas. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Bye-bye baby-kissing and rallies: Coronavirus poised to upend traditional campaigning," 10 Mar. 2020 Horse racing and breeding are signature and influential industries in Kentucky, a source of tens of thousands of jobs and profound economic impact. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "The Kentucky sports betting bill overwhelmingly favors two things: Horses and horsepower," 7 Feb. 2020 Although astronomers have now discovered thousands of planets around other stars—with discoveries of tens of thousands more on the horizon—most of those finds are the low-hanging fruit of our galaxy’s planetary bounty. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "The Curious Case of Proxima C," 15 Jan. 2020 The countries, alongside Italy and the U.K., are testing tens of thousands of people for the coronavirus, in many cases processing thousands of samples a day. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Other countries are testing patients for coronavirus by the tens of thousands. Why the U.S. is so far behind," 3 Mar. 2020 The new coronavirus has so far infected tens of thousands of people across the world, according to a viral map maintained by Johns Hopkins University. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Health Director Dr. Amy Acton runs down latest facts," 3 Mar. 2020 Organizers decided to move to a larger location this year to accommodate the growing crowds, which have numbered in the tens of thousands in recent years. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Arizona Matsuri guide: Food, entertainment and how to enjoy Phoenix's Japanese festival," 18 Feb. 2020

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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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23 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ten. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce ten (audio)

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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