\ˈten(t)th \
plural tenths\ˈten(t)s, 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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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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New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati weather: Storms bring a brief respite from the heat," 5 July 2018 The funding comes from $60 car tabs and a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax, approved by Seattle voters in a 2014 ballot measure, that was slated to buy extra bus service from King County Metro. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle City Council approves free bus passes for high school students," 25 June 2018 At Dulles International Airport for example, Tuesday’s rain, according to the National Weather Service, amounted to less than a tenth of Washington’s. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Not only was Tuesday wet, but it was the year’s hottest day," 20 June 2018 Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected to fall, but higher amounts are possible during thunderstorms. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Jazz Fest weather: Sunny Friday but storms possible Saturday," 4 May 2018 The Central American country of 9.1 million people has a per capita GDP of $5,725 (about one tenth that of the United States), making it the second-poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, according to the International Monetary Fund. Kate Samuelson, Time, "President Trump Threatens NAFTA and Foreign Aid to Honduras Over Immigrant 'Caravan'," 3 Apr. 2018 Last year Mórbido Fest, a horror-film festival, held its tenth and biggest edition, so the genre may not be dead after all. The Economist, "Burying the Hairy HandA macabre Mexican radio show goes off the air," 18 Jan. 2018 New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are forecast for Milwaukee, but the amounts could be higher if thunderstorms develop, the weather service says. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ugh. More rain. Flash flood watch for far southern Wisconsin.," 21 June 2018 Rainfall totals through Wednesday morning at the coast and valleys ranged from just a few hundredths of an inch to slightly more than a tenth of an inch. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Rain light but most in San Diego is 6 weeks; showers still possible," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of tenth

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tenth was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of tenth

: the number 10 in a series

: one of 10 equal parts of something


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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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