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.

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The adults have ranged in age from mid-twenties to mid-fifties, according to George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "America’s ISIS Members Are Coming Home," 11 June 2019 Many of my friends had run away from home—a couple were teen-agers, like me, and several were in their twenties but had been on their own for a decade. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Coming Out, and Rising Up, in the Fifty Years After Stonewall," 28 June 2019 In his early twenties, Glenn served his country by spending eight years in the Maryland National Guard discharged with the rank of Staff Sargent., "Glenn Huffer," 23 June 2019 Those recruits under his command were friends in their twenties. The New York Review of Books, "Charles Glass," 7 Feb. 2019 Award-winning poet Vuong tells their story in the form of a letter from the youngest, now a man in his twenties, to his illiterate mother. Jim Kiest,, "12 new books for your summer reading list," 5 June 2019 Despite having tried Botox in her twenties, Danielle O’Brien is adamant she won’t be tempted to do injections again. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Are Giving Up Botox for Facial Massage," 23 May 2019 Grant Sabatier went from having $2.26 in his bank account in his twenties to having over $1 million saved by age 30. Glamour, "The Simple, Free Trick That Could Help You Save $10,000," 19 Apr. 2019 Hitting bookshelves on March 5, the YA anthology features stories from 10 young staffers in their twenties who joined the Obama administration in hopes of making a difference. Yara Shahidi, Teen Vogue, ""Yes She Can" Is the Yara Shahidi-Approved Collection of Stories From Young Women Staffers of the Obama White House," 14 Jan. 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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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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