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fortieth

[fawr-tee-ith] /ˈfɔr ti ɪθ/
adjective
1.
next after the thirty-ninth; being the ordinal number for 40.
2.
being one of 40 equal parts.
noun
3.
a fortieth part, especially of one (1/40).
4.
the fortieth member of a series.
Origin of fortieth
1100
before 1100; Middle English fourtithe, Old English fēowertigotha. See forty, -eth2
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  • It was not until about his fortieth year that he found his true direction.

British Dictionary definitions for fortieth

fortieth

/ˈfɔːtɪɪθ/
adjective
1.
  1. being the ordinal number of forty in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc. Often written: 40th
  2. (as noun): he was the fortieth
noun
2.
  1. one of 40 approximately equal parts of something
  2. (as modifier): a fortieth part
3.
the fraction equal to one divided by 40 (1/40)
Word Origin
Old English fēowertigotha
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Word Origin and History for fortieth
adj.

Old English feowertigoða, from feowertig (see forty) + -th (1). Cf. Old Norse fertugonde, Swedish fyrationde, Danish fyrretyvende.

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