twenty

noun
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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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, ExpressNews.com, "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 By his late twenties he was installed as foreign minister by occupying Vietnamese forces, and in 1985, prime minister in a single-party communist regime. Fox News, "Hun Sen plays hardball to keep his grip on Cambodia," 31 July 2018 Our customer could be a young professional in her twenties, her mother and equally her grandmother. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "The London-Based Brand Fashion Girls Are Obsessed With," 24 Jan. 2019 What is the effect when testosterone is flooding the system in your teens or twenties? Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Is the World Done With Liberal Democracy?," 1 June 2018 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

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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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twenty

noun

English Language Learners Definition of twenty

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

twenty

adjective
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.

twenty

noun

Kids Definition of twenty (Entry 2 of 2)

: one more than 19 : four times five : 20

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