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[ih-lev-uh n] /ɪˈlɛv ən/
a cardinal number, ten plus one.
a symbol for this number, as 11 or XI.
a set of this many persons or things, as a football team.
amounting to eleven in number.
Origin of eleven
before 900; Middle English elleven(e), Old English ellefne, endleofan; cognate with Old High German einlif (German elf), Old Norse ellifu, Gothic ainlib-, literally, one remaining (after counting 10). See one, leave1 Unabridged
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  • Hired a team in Sandwich and another in Bayport and got to the tavern about eleven.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The log-slate showed that we had made eleven and a half knots.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • The pompous landau rolled up to the house at a quarter to eleven.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • He flashed on the electric light and saw that the hour was a little after eleven.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • About eleven o'clock he went out with a jug to get some beer.

    The Hypocrite Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
British Dictionary definitions for eleven


the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and one
a numeral 11, XI, etc, representing this number
something representing, represented by, or consisting of 11 units
(functioning as singular or pl) a team of 11 players in football, cricket, hockey, etc
Also called eleven o'clock. eleven hours after noon or midnight
  1. amounting to eleven: eleven chances
  2. (as pronoun): have another eleven today
Word Origin
Old English endleofan; related to Old Norse ellefo, Gothic ainlif, Old Frisian andlova, Old High German einlif
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Word Origin and History for eleven

c.1200, elleovene, from Old English endleofan, literally "one left" (over ten), from Proto-Germanic *ainlif- (cf. Old Saxon elleban, Old Frisian andlova, Dutch elf, Old High German einlif, German elf, Old Norse ellifu, Gothic ainlif), a compound of *ain "one" (see one) + PIE *leikw- "leave, remain" (cf. Greek leipein "to leave behind;" see relinquish).

FIREFLY: Give me a number from 1 to 10.
CHICOLINI: eleven!
Viking survivors who escaped an Anglo-Saxon victory were daroþa laf "the leavings of spears," while hamora laf "the leavings of hammers" was an Old English kenning for "swords" (both from "The Battle of Brunanburgh"). Twelve reflects the same formation. Outside Germanic the only instance of this formation is in Lithuanian, which uses -lika "left over" and continues the series to 19 (vienio-lika "eleven," dvy-lika "twelve," try-lika "thirteen," keturio-lika "fourteen," etc.) Phrase eleventh hour (1829) is from Matthew xx:1-16.

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