twen·​ty | \ ˈtwen-tē How to pronounce twenty (audio) , ˈtwən- How to pronounce twenty (audio) \
plural twenties

Definition of twenty

1 : a number equal to two times 10 — see Table of Numbers
2 twenties plural : the numbers 20 to 29 specifically : the years 20 to 29 in a lifetime or century
3 : a 20-dollar bill

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Other Words from twenty

twentieth \ ˈtwen-​tē-​əth How to pronounce twentieth (audio) , ˈtwən-​ \ adjective or noun
twenty adjective
twenty pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of twenty in a Sentence

Tomorrow the temperature will be in the low twenties.
Recent Examples on the Web Yolanda, who preferred not to give her last name due to privacy and safety concerns, is a mother of twins in their twenties. Katie Herchenroeder, Quartz, "Women in America’s largest transit system are underground—and under attack," 3 Jan. 2020 Two were in their twenties, and the last was between 45 to 50 years old. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Tomb Containing Three Generations of Amazon Warrior Women Unearthed in Russia," 31 Dec. 2019 However, a chance job opportunity in his twenties landed him at Wrigley Field. Adeline Chen, CNN, "Scorekeeper secrets: How Wrigley Field's historic scoreboard has seen it all," 27 Dec. 2019 For him, a native Jamaican who lived in Honduras as a child and spent ample time in Canada and Italy in his twenties, travel was a regular occurrence. Shanika Hillocks, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Women of Color Are Reimagining Their Travel Narrative," 18 Dec. 2019 The 32-year-old has not undergone the most orthodox rise to the top of European football, remaining in the Dutch Eredivisie until his mid-twenties when Napoli finally came knocking for the tricky winger., "Dries Mertens May Just Be the Most Underrated Player in World Football," 27 Oct. 2019 Forget about peaks—lovemaking can be exciting in your twenties, thirties, forties and beyond. Sharon Boone, Essence, "Do Tell! Five Sexy Confessions From Women In Their 20s, 30s and 40s," 30 July 2019 Buttigieg is not the first former Rhodes Scholar running for president to have his decisions in his twenties challenged in the heat of a presidential campaign. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Does It Really Matter That Buttigieg Worked for McKinsey?," 11 Dec. 2019 Backed by hefty trust funds, party girl Sara spent her twenties flitting around the globe trying to find herself while the more serious Clare pursued a career as an elite equestrian show jumper. Fox News, "Heiress used family fortune to finance sex cult, feds say," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of twenty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for twenty

Middle English, from twenty, adjective, from Old English twēntig, noun, group of 20, from twēn- (akin to Old English twā two) + -tig group of 10; akin to Old English tīen ten — more at two, ten

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The first known use of twenty was in the 13th century

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Twenty.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of twenty

: the number 20
: the 20th in a set or series
: the numbers ranging from 20 to 29


twen·​ty | \ ˈtwen-tē How to pronounce twenty (audio) \

Kids Definition of twenty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than 19 One dollar equals twenty nickels.



Kids Definition of twenty (Entry 2 of 2)

: one more than 19 : four times five : 20

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