ˈātth How to pronounce eighth (audio)
plural eighths ˈāt(th)s How to pronounce eighth (audio)
: one that is number eight in a series
the eighth of the month
see Table of Numbers
: one of eight equal parts of something
one eighth of a pie
an eighth of a pound
: octave
He contrasted himself with Elton John, who complained that his chubby hands could only reach an eighth, which was a hindrance to his piano technique (though clearly he overcame the problem).Susan Wyndham
eighth adjective or adverb
the eighth person in line
the country's eighth largest city

Examples of eighth in a Sentence

one eighth of the pie An eighth of a pound is two ounces.
Recent Examples on the Web Matt Moore pitched a hitless eighth and Reynaldo López earned the save. Annika Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2023 Danny Coulombe pitched a perfect eighth, and Félix Bautista rebounded after allowing a ninth-inning homer Saturday, striking out three in the ninth for his 21st save in 26 chances. Noah Trister, oregonlive, 25 June 2023 California Religious groups protest Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence before Dodgers’ Pride Night June 17, 2023 In the eighth, González got the nod over fellow inconsistent lefties Vesia and Caleb Ferguson, but quickly got into trouble. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2023 But Wegman’s career is sometimes less confusing than explaining how the building’s ownership was divided up into eighths, and how that agreement still stands, 41 years later. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 28 June 2023 Djokovic has won 23 Grand Slam titles, more than any man in the century-plus history of tennis, and is seeking his men’s-record-tying eighth at Wimbledon, including fifth in a row. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 16 July 2023 Will Smith worked a quick eighth, finishing it off with by sprinting to grab Jeff McNeil’s bunt along the first base line – no easy task for a lefty falling off the mound to the other side of the field. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2023 Alcaraz put it all on display in the 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory that gave him his first Wimbledon singles title and robbed Djokovic of the chance to win five Wimbledons in a row and a record-tying eighth for his career. David Waldstein, New York Times, 16 July 2023 He’s pitched two scoreless innings with the Rangers — including a perfect eighth in Monday’s loss — since joining the club. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 3 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of eighth was in 1557

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“Eighth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eighth. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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plural eighths ˈāt(th)s How to pronounce eighth (audio)
: one that is number eight in a series see number
eighth adjective or adverb

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