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 The effort began on March 28th, when Yumi Hogan, who had immigrated from South Korea while in her twenties, joined her husband on a call to the Korean Ambassador. Robert P. Baird, The New Yorker, "How Much Testing Does the U.S. Need to Reopen?," 14 May 2020 All in their twenties, Monsta X are wearing dramatic red and black prints, some in billowy button-up shirts, and all in tight, black leather pants. Natalie Morin,, "What K-Pop’s Beautiful Men Can Teach Us About Masculinity," 12 May 2020 At times, Epstein arrived with one or two female assistants who appeared to be in their twenties, something that made observers uncomfortable, witnesses told the investigators. Michael Mcdonald,, "Jeffrey Epstein Gave MIT $850,000, and Senior Staff Kept Quiet," 7 May 2020 She finally was diagnosed in her twenties and has learned to live (and thrive) since. Sunset Magazine, "10 Books to Read Right Now," 19 Mar. 2020 Waxenbaum says most people’s bones have finished fusing together around the start of puberty, though a few stragglers, like the collarbone, don’t fully form until our early to mid twenties. Alex Schwartz, Popular Science, "You’ll never have as many bones as you did at birth (and other strange skeleton facts)," 5 Feb. 2020 Officials said the subject is a woman in her twenties who recently traveled to Italy, one of the countries hardest hit by the outbreak. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "A look at the coronavirus in six states slated to hold Democratic elections on Tuesday," 9 Mar. 2020 Now halfway through her twenties, Taylor Tomlinson is ready to leave her mistakes behind her. P. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "New on Netflix March 2020: “Elite” Season 3, New “On My Block”," 29 Feb. 2020 When the collection basket comes around, many people seem pleased to toss in tens and twenties, rather than the typical ones and fives., "Could the future of Catholicism be taking shape in this church basement? - The Boston Globe," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Twenty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 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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