twen·​ty-two ˈtwen-tē-ˈtü How to pronounce twenty-two (audio)
: a number that is one more than 21 see Table of Numbers
: a .22-caliber firearm
especially : one firing rimfire cartridges
usually written .22
twenty-two adjective
twenty-two pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of twenty-two in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the Senate this week finally passed a bill requested by Biden months ago that would send nearly sixty billion dollars to Ukraine along with billions more for Israel and Taiwan, only twenty-two Senate Republicans voted for it. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2024 In the twenty-two hours of recordings that Mark Austin produced for the FBI, McRae does most of the talking. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 For example, one study, in Oklahoma, found birds in the stomachs of two of twenty-two cats roaming freely in a residential area. Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 At least twenty-two campus security officers and N.Y.P.D. cops watched, from behind metal police barriers. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2023 Germany and the Soviet Union had signed a non-aggression pact in 1939, just before Germany invaded Poland, but twenty-two months later, much to Stalin’s astonishment, Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Since her win in New York, only twenty-two other states have also elected a Black woman to Congress, according to Pew Research Center. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 6 Nov. 2023 The resulting blitz generated more than seven hundred and twenty-two million views on’s YouTube channel—an audience larger than the preceding four Super Bowls combined. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 24 Oct. 2023 In Nuremberg, in the fall of 1945, twenty-two high-ranking Nazis were put on trial before a group of judges from Allied nations. Ian Buruma, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of twenty-two was in 1526

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“Twenty-two.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a firearm cartridge of .22 caliber
: a firearm of .22 caliber

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