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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Even as debates about the nature of Hitler’s leadership go back and forth, scholars largely agree that his ideology was more or less fixed from the mid-twenties onward. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 Temperatures will rise by about a dozen degrees, ranging from the low twenties to mid-thirties both days. Matthew Ormseth,, "Cold, Sunny Skies Forecast For Sunday, Snow A Few Days Away," 14 Jan. 2018 Guests were transported back to the roaring twenties thanks to the night's Masquerade Retrograde theme, bringing out everyone's inner flapper and Charlie Chaplin enthusiast. Logan Sykes, Town & Country, "The AMNH Museum Dance is Your Childhood Dream Come True," 18 Apr. 2015 In 2004, in their mid-twenties, Sarah and Jen took in a 15-year-old foster daughter. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family," 6 Sep. 2018 Even after stage 5, though, the amount and distribution of hair — especially on the upper inner thighs — could change until your mid-twenties. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "5 Things You Never Knew About Pubic Hair," 6 Aug. 2018 Harry had an on-again, off-again relationship with Davy for several years in his early to mid-twenties, with their last attempt at a reconciliation coming in 2011. Diana Pearl,, "Why Did Prince Harry Invite Ex-Girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas to His Wedding?," 19 May 2018 About 13 years ago, Christine was in her mid-twenties, working in the beauty industry in California. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Woman's Been To 40 HomeGoods Stores, And She Says This One's The Best," 19 July 2018 Valencia, who is in his late twenties, has been with the police department since 2016, Mina said. NBC News, "Florida gunman who shot officer kills 4 child hostages, then himself," 12 June 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
: 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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