\ ˈnīn How to pronounce nine (audio) \

Definition of nine

1 : a number that is one more than eight — see Table of Numbers
2 : the ninth in a set or series wears a nine
3 : something having nine units or members: such as
a capitalized : the nine Muses
b : a baseball team
c : the first or last nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
to the nines
1 : to perfection
2 : in a highly elaborate or showy manner dressed to the nines

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Other Words from nine

nine adjective
nine pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of nine in a Sentence

The next card was the nine of diamonds. She wears a size nine. “What time is it?” “It's nine.” He woke up at nine this morning.
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Nick and Priyanka, who served as co-chairs at the 2019 event, dressed to the nines; Nick wore a white suit, while Priyanka dressed in a gown with matching Rihanna-esque crown. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's Met Gala 2019 Appearance Reminded Everyone Where Their Love Story Began," 7 May 2019 Playing the nines in reverse order, Stember made birdies at No. Nick Daschel,, "Class 6A state boys golf: Jesuit romps, while Lincoln's Nate Stember claims individual title," 15 May 2018 The Allis at Soho House Chicago 113-125 N. Green St., 312-521-8000 Network while dressed to the nines at this royal wedding fashion conversation hosted at the Allis. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Where to celebrate the royal wedding in Chicago," 14 May 2018 On that day, more than 250 black men dressed to the nines greeted arriving students with high-fives. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Trying to make good on someone else’s promise: new group helps 10 Seattle kids pay for college," 16 Sep. 2018 To create continuity with his client’s exuberantly decorated home, D’Urso furnished the closet to the nines. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Stylist’s Dream Closet Comes to Life," 20 Aug. 2018 Junior midfielder Payton McDonnell has added 15 goals and a team-high nine assists. Chicago Tribune,, "St. Viator advances to Class 2A girls soccer state semifinals," 30 May 2018 His nine wins were tied for the lead in the International League, and his 1.89 ERA in 16 starts was by far the lowest in the league. Bob Brookover,, "Phillies prospect Enyel De Los Santos making his MLB debut | Extra Innings," 10 July 2018 Maday, from West Linn, Ore., and the 2017 winner of the Oregon Amateur, had a pair of 4-under 68s on the 6,986-yard, par-72 South and North nines at Sahalee. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Two 68s has Oregon’s Cole Maday leading Sahalee Players Championship by four strokes," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of nine

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nine

Middle English, from nyne, adjective, from Old English nigon; akin to Old High German niun nine, Latin novem, Greek ennea

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The first known use of nine was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of nine

: the number 9
: the ninth in a set or series
: nine o'clock


\ ˈnīn How to pronounce nine (audio) \

Kids Definition of nine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than eight



Kids Definition of nine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than eight : three times three : 9
2 : the ninth in a set or series

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