\ 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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Eliminate fines and penalties for a minor misdemeanor charge of giving 20 grams (seven tenths of an ounce) or less of marijuana to another person. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Cleveland City Council to consider eliminating fines, punishment for some minor marijuana crimes," 25 July 2019 And that was my little tenth of a percent of a thing that stayed in the closet. Los Angeles Times, "Mass murderer? Cult leader? Musician? Charles Manson’s son wrestles with father’s legacy," 18 July 2019 Last month's preliminary jobless rate was 2.9%, up a tenth of a percentage point from May, the Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's unemployment rate rose slightly in June but remained below 3%," 18 July 2019 The tornado had estimated peak winds of 75 mph and its path was about one tenth of a mile long. David Williams, CNN, "A rare, clockwise-spinning tornado touches down in South Dakota," 19 June 2019 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

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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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