plural tenths
ˈten(t)ths How to pronounce tenth (audio)
: one that is number ten in a series
the tenth of February
She was the tenth in line.
see Table of Numbers
: one of ten equal parts of something
He sold the car for a tenth of its value.
: a musical interval embracing an octave and a third
: the tone at this interval
tenth adjective or adverb
the tenth floor
the world's tenth largest company

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.
Recent Examples on the Web New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, but higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 14 June 2024 The Kansas City area is expected to get an additional tenth to a quarter inch of rain, while areas west of the metro could see up to a half inch of rain. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 31 May 2024 Michael Jordan’s first deal with Nike was worth less than a tenth of that. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 There's a 70% chance of precipitation, with showers likely and a possible thunderstorm after 2 p.m. Northeast winds of 3 to 6 mph are expected with new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for tenth 

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Tenth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural tenths ˈten(t)s How to pronounce tenth (audio)
: one that is number 10 in a series see number
: one of 10 equal parts of something
: the one numbered 10 in a countable series
tenth adjective or adverb

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