\ 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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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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Ellis, it should be noted, made less than a tenth of what former men’s coach Jurgen Klinsmann earned in his final year with U.S. Soccer and less than several coaches on the men’s side, until recently. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Greatest version of greatest women’s team ever: US wins fourth World Cup," 7 July 2019 GoFundMe says that less than a tenth of one per cent of its postings are fraudulent. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "The Perverse Logic of GoFundMe Health Care," 24 June 2019 New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch is possible, according to the weather service. Anthony Sorci, sacbee, "Prepare for unsettled weather midweek in Sacramento, Sierra | The Sacramento Bee," 10 Apr. 2018 But the Labour Party’s plans, which include heavy taxes on the rich, giving a tenth of big firms’ equity to workers and nationalising utilities and rail, are viewed with dread. The Economist, "London’s reign as the world’s capital of capital is at risk," 29 June 2019 Unlike the lakes in Antarctica, which are relatively large, Greenland’s lakes range from a tenth of a mile long to about three and a half miles long. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "More Than 50 Lakes Found Under Greenland Ice Sheet," 27 June 2019 Black children are surviving oppression every day in a country where the average black family has a tenth of the wealth of a white one. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, "Kyle Kashuv, the Central Park Five, and the luxury of boyhood," 20 June 2019 The typical black family in this country has one tenth the wealth of the typical white family. Time, "Author Ta-Nehisi Coates Criticized Mitch McConnell for Saying Slavery's Effects Were in the Past," 19 June 2019 That's like a tenth of a percent of the tweets about him. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Mike Johnson Be the Next 'Bachelor'? Here Are the Potential Clues," 18 June 2019

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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


\ 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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