thir·​ty-two ˌthər-tē-ˈtü How to pronounce thirty-two (audio)
: a number that is one more than 31 see Table of Numbers
: a .32 caliber handgun
usually written .32
thirty-two adjective
thirty-two pronoun, plural in construction

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web True to the letter, the five vices suffuse its thirty-two black-and-white pages. Ed Park, The New York Review of Books, 14 Mar. 2023 Before the war, Volodymyr, who is thirty-two, was an accomplished architect with a private practice, and the leader of the Union of Architects, which oversees the work of architects in Kharkiv and the surrounding region. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2023 To remove, shake your head vigorously while also nodding exactly thirty-two times. Grace Henes, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of thirty-two was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Thirty-two.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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