twen·ty | \ ˈtwen-tē , ˈtwən- \
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, 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.

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Bridger starts printing twenties on a yacht parked in a local marina. Katie Walsh,, "Lo-fi crime drama 'Counterfeiters' stumbles with points for style," 14 June 2018 Having spent the better part of her twenties managing restaurants in Boston, Cervasio started to feel an entrepreneurial urge. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "This Oyster-and-Caviar Pop-Up Is Shaking Up Boston’s Culinary Scene," 4 June 2018 The story will then go on to tell the story of the late princess in her twenties, exploring her relationship with Charles and his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana: The Musical is Officially Happening," 25 June 2018 The Brain on Fire movie is based on a bestselling memoir by writer Susannah Cahalan, who while working at the New York Post in her twenties, began experiencing strange symptoms that doctors couldn’t figure out. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "New Chloe Grace Moretz Film "Brain on Fire" Is Coming to Netflix," 14 June 2018 But fast-forward to my twenties, and it's been a real joy not having to spend the time and money trying to finding the best brow growth serum. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "This $10 Pen Makes It Look Like You Microbladed Your Brows," 11 June 2018 On the nine-track LP, Jackson has a coming of age while entering her twenties -- resulting in her taking what the title suggests in regards to her love life, image, and musical career. Da'shan Smith, Billboard, "The School of Janet Jackson: Ten Songs From the 21st Century Modeled After Her Classics," 17 May 2018 Asked how people feel about the fate of those in Eastern Ghouta, tens of thousands of whom have been displaced, the same man in his mid-twenties appeared defensive. Tamara Qiblawi And Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, "Trump's Syria threat dismissed on streets of Damascus," 10 Apr. 2018 Lempicka hit her stride as an artist during the roaring twenties, with her distinctive pieces mixing elements of Cubism and neoclassical styles., "Google Honors Tamara de Lempicka, A Leading Painter Of The Roaring Twenties," 16 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of twenty

: the number 20

: the 20th in a set or series

twenties : the numbers ranging from 20 to 29


twen·ty | \ ˈtwen-tē \

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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