plural tenths ˈten(t)s How to pronounce tenth (audio)
: one that is number 10 in a series see Table of Numbers
: a musical interval embracing an octave and a third
: the tone at this interval
tenth adjective or adverb

Example Sentences

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 That time was nearly a tenth of a second better than the previous record of 1.86 seconds, which had been set by the Rimac Nevera the previous year. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 24 Feb. 2023 There will be a chance of random light showers Thursday and Friday, with accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch, according to the National Weather Service. Summer Linstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2022 Up to a tenth of an inch of ice is possible as well as areas seeing 2 to 4 inches of snow or more. Mike Rose, cleveland, 17 Feb. 2022 The process starts with rolls of metal foil a tenth of the thickness of human hair. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2023 Up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation is expected. Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2023 Even more intriguing is that the star produced that amount of energy in just a tenth of a second. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 6 Jan. 2022 Black or African-American, about a tenth were Hispanic or Latino, and a tenth were Asian. Asaf Shalev,, 18 Aug. 2021 Any company on the Forbes Global 2000 list could conduct hundreds of interviews in a matter of weeks, while a startup may struggle to line up even a tenth of those calls. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 See More

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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 22 Mar. 2023.

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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