\ ˈten(t)th How to pronounce tenth (audio) \
plural tenths\ ˈten(t)s How to pronounce tenths (audio) , ˈten(t)ths \

Definition of tenth

1 : one that is number 10 in a series — see Table of Numbers
2a : a musical interval embracing an octave and a third
b : the tone at this interval

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Other Words from tenth

tenth adjective or adverb

Examples of tenth in a Sentence

He was tenth in line. He traded stocks for one tenth their face value. I only paid a tenth of what you did for that jacket.
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In the United States, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death, responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Madeleine Burry, Health.com, "Why Do People Kill Themselves? These 5 Factors Help Explain It," 12 Sep. 2019 After banging up his knee the other day, Jacob Heyward entered as a pinch-hitter in the tenth and clocked a walk-off grand slam with Kirk Gibson's son, Cam, chasing it back to the wall. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants prospects throw near-perfect game, hit walk-off grand slam on back-to-back days," 20 Aug. 2019 Josh Esterov of CreditSights, a research firm, reckons the muni-insurance business is a tenth of its pre-crisis size. The Economist, "The woes of bond insurers," 15 Aug. 2019 And the town hall themselves would be getting one-tenth of the viewership the debates have been getting. Aaron Navarro And Eleanor Watson, CBS News, "DNC rejects resolution calling for climate change debate," 22 Aug. 2019 By comparison, the British Empire at its economic peak accounted for less than one-tenth of global output. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Everyone acts like America is in decline. Let’s look at the numbers.," 6 June 2019 The state’s unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a percent in the most recent report from the Department of Labor, to 3.6 percent, but beyond that headline Thursday’s report had a mix of good and bad news. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Gov. Ned Lamont’s vacation, sales tax free week starts and Sen. Chris Murphy and Donald Trump talk guns," 16 Aug. 2019 In fact, in 2007 there were only 8,775 megawatts of solar energy on the US grid—less than one-tenth of 1 percent of America’s electricity supply. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo," 14 Aug. 2019 In June, Apex Legends had one-tenth of its initial audience. Jason M. Bailey, New York Times, "Fortnite Drew Imitators to Survival Games. Who Will Be the Last One Standing?," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of tenth

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tenth

: the number 10 in a series
: one of 10 equal parts of something


\ ˈtenth How to pronounce tenth (audio) \

Kids Definition of tenth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coming right after ninth tenth grade



Kids Definition of tenth (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : number ten in a series
2 : one of ten equal parts

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