Definition of tenpin
1 : a bottle-shaped bowling pin 15 inches high
2 tenpins plural in form but singular in construction : a bowling game using 10 tenpins and a large ball 27 inches in circumference and allowing each player to bowl 2 balls in each of 10 frames
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The Weber Cup — the tenpin bowling equivalent of the Ryder Cup — was started in 2000 (the Europeans now dominate the Americans in that one, too).
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Definition of tenpin for English Language Learners
: one of the large bottle-shaped pieces that is knocked down with a ball in the game of tenpin bowling
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