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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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 But his decision to wait until his mid-twenties to tell me wasn’t about me at all. Richard Carranza, Teen Vogue, "Why It's So Important to Include LGBTQ Education in Schools," 22 June 2018 My obsession against germs continued into my twenties. Katheryn Erickson, Glamour, "Why You're Probably Overwashing Your Face," 2 May 2018 But anyone hoping to plunk down $60 for an eighth of an ounce of weed might have to leave the plastic at home and bring some twenties instead. Dan Adams,, "Cash-only possible for first pot sales in Mass.," 16 June 2018 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

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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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