- a cardinal number, 40 plus 2.
- a symbol for this number, as 42 or XLII.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- a game for two persons or two partnerships played with dominoes but based upon the rules for all fours.
- amounting to 42 in number.
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Examples from the Web for forty-two
Forty-two years after its debut, The Godfather casts a long shadow over American cinema.The Alterna-‘Godfather’: ‘A Most Violent Year’
December 30, 2014
Her mother “was forty-two, and not delighted… I weighed over ten pounds and (she told me frequently) I nearly finished her off.”The Neglected Penelope Mortimer Was a Novelist Ahead of Her Time
March 25, 2014
Forty-two of the 49 Tunisian women parliamentarians are members of the Islamist Ennahda party.Libya’s Woman Fight for Constitutional Voice
December 9, 2012
Forty-two year-old Tareq displayed an almost childlike need to be the smart guy in the room, the one in control.Michaele and Tareq Salahi’s Hellish Divorce
January 5, 2012
Forty-two percent of Afghan citizens live below the poverty line [PDF].Don't Forget Afghan Women
Paula Dobriansky, Karen Hughes
April 10, 2011
I'm forty-two and not so much of a fool that I ain't a little bit of a physician.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Sedan's proportionate share of the assessment was forty-two thousand francs.The Downfall
Lowell died in 1817, at the early age of forty-two, but his work did not die with him.The Age of Invention
He'd said that what he was looking for—and what he'd found—was forty-two thousand miles from Weald.Pariah Planet
He cleared the water forty-two times, all in a very few minutes.Tales of Fishes