thir·​teen | \ ˌthər(t)-ˈtēn How to pronounce thirteen (audio) , ˈthər(t)- \

Definition of thirteen

: a number that is one more than 12 — see Table of Numbers

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Other Words from thirteen

thirteen adjective
thirteen pronoun, plural in construction
thirteenth \ ˌthər(t)-​ˈtēn(t)th How to pronounce thirteenth (audio) , ˈthər(t)-​ˌtēn(t)th \ adjective or noun

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Recent Examples on the Web View this post on Instagram The thirteens really jumped out. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Talked Making Mistakes, Equal Pay, and Her Next Single in Her Teen Choice Awards Speech," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of thirteen

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thirteen

Middle English thrittene, from thrittene, adjective, from Old English thrēotīne; akin to Old English tīen ten — more at ten

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The first known use of thirteen was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Thirteen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce thirteen (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of thirteen

: the number 13


thir·​teen | \ ˌthər-ˈtēn How to pronounce thirteen (audio) \

Kids Definition of thirteen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than twelve



Kids Definition of thirteen (Entry 2 of 2)

: one more than twelve : 13

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