\ ˈātth How to pronounce eighth (audio) , ˈāth \
plural eighths\ ˈāt(th)s How to pronounce eighth (audio) , ˈāths \

Definition of eighth

1 : one that is number eight in a series — see Table of Numbers
2 : octave

Other Words from eighth

eighth adjective or adverb

Examples of eighth in a Sentence

one eighth of the pie An eighth of a pound is two ounces.
Recent Examples on the Web The test of the new method, which has been approved by city building officials, could cause the building to sink no more than an eighth of in inch — within the tolerance for the repair work — Hamburger wrote. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Oct. 2021 Naomi Osaka, a two-time U.S. Open champion who is in the same eighth of the draw as the past U.S. Open champions Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber. New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021 The homer run was Sandle’s team-high eighth of the year, and gave him 39 RBIs, also best on the club. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 16 May 2021 The marquee eighth has 11 allowance runners going 5 ½ furlongs. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2021 By his example, Pong teaches Tiller to look past the superficial, which proves a useful lesson in Asia, where Tiller, despite his Asian eighth, is categorically dismissed as a bule, a farang—white, foreign. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021 The Model 3 was the bestselling electric vehicle in China last year, with more than 138,000 sold, according to the China Passenger Car Association—an eighth of the 1.11 million EVs sold nationwide. Trefor Moss, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2021 Before Europeans arrived, University of California-Berkeley researchers have estimated 4.4 million to 11.8 million acres of California burned every year—up to an eighth of the state. Kiliii Yüyan, History & Culture, 17 Dec. 2020 Embers that spread as far as an eighth of a mile presented a major challenge for firefighters, Paxton said. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of eighth

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Oct 2021

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“Eighth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eighth. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for eighth



English Language Learners Definition of eighth

: number eight in a series
: one of eight equal parts of something


\ ˈātth How to pronounce eighth (audio) \

Kids Definition of eighth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coming right after seventh



Kids Definition of eighth (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : number eight in a series
2 : one of eight equal parts an eighth of a mile

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