ten·​pin | \ ˈten-ˌpin How to pronounce tenpin (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Every other lane was available at both Greenmount and Thunderhead, for duckpin and tenpin bowling, since alleys are operating at 50% capacity amid the pandemic, and masks were required unless people were eating or drinking. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Looking for normalcy on New Year’s Eve at the bowling alley," 31 Dec. 2020 Perfect scores of 300 in tenpins are rare, but not that rare. baltimoresun.com, "Best of Baltimore 2018: Arts and activities," 11 Apr. 2018 But regardless, duckpin bowling, with smaller pins and balls than the more traditional tenpins, was a regional obsession, played by thousands who flocked to their neighborhood lanes at seemingly every free moment. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Duckpin bowling returning to Parkville with reopening of Parkville Lanes," 2 Aug. 2017 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). Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Ryder Cup Victory a Reflection of European Unity OCT. 4, 2010," 25 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of tenpin

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Jan 2021

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“Tenpin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenpin. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tenpin

: one of the large bottle-shaped pieces that is knocked down with a ball in the game of tenpin bowling

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