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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Florida is still averaging just under 2,700 new cases a day, according to Johns Hopkins University, but that number is less than one tenth of the state's summer high. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Current levels of humanitarian funding — which must be allocated to survivors of earthquakes, volcanoes and violent conflicts as well as climate crises — are less than one tenth of that. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 Rain amounts look very light, around a tenth of an inch in the damper spots. Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2021 The coastal North Bay could record a few hundredths to a tenth of an inch of rain, according to the weather service. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Sep. 2021 The two approaches are very different: Whereas NOAA’s median threshold for an official nuisance-flooding event in New Jersey last year was 1.85 feet, the HOBOs record increases greater than a tenth of an inch. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 The newborn calf marks the tenth to be born at the Henry Doorly Zoo and the fourth in the zoo's current giraffe barn. Greta Bjornson, PEOPLE.com, 4 Aug. 2021 But the scarier question is what each tenth of a degree will do. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021 Pike blazed through the last lap, crossing the tape in 3:32.07 — less than a tenth of a second faster than Brockton. BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2021

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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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“Tenth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenth. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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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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