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[noo-mer-uh l, nyoo-; noom-ruh l, nyoom-] /ˈnu mər əl, ˈnyu-; ˈnum rəl, ˈnyum-/
a word, letter, symbol, or figure, etc., expressing a number; number:
the Roman numerals.
of, relating to, or consisting of numbers or numerals.
expressing or noting a number or numbers.
Origin of numeral
1520-30; < Late Latin numerālis of, belonging to number, equivalent to Latin numer(us) number + -ālis -al1
Related forms
nonnumeral, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • And if these Kufic characters reached there, then why not the numeral forms as well?

    The Hindu-Arabic Numerals David Eugene Smith
  • We have in this paragraph examples of the use of three of the “numeral particles.”

  • Ordinal—That form of the numeral that shows the order of anything in a series.

    Capitals Frederick W. Hamilton
  • Initial for hue, numeral above for value, numeral below for chroma.

    A Color Notation Albert H. Munsell
  • He can not even say “two” correctly, without applying the numeral to some object.

    Western Characters J. L. McConnel
  • This selection is divided into three parts, each headed with a Roman numeral.

    The Silent Readers William D. Lewis
  • numeral adjectives are those which limit nouns as to number or order.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • numeral adjectives answer the question how many or in what order.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for numeral


a symbol or group of symbols used to express a number: for example, 6 (Arabic), VI (Roman), 110 (binary)
of, consisting of, or denoting a number
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin numerālis belonging to number, from Latin numerus number
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Word Origin and History for numeral

1520s, "word expressing a number," from Middle French numéral (late 15c.), from Late Latin numeralis "of or belonging to a number," from Latin numerus "a number" (see number (n.)). Meaning "figure standing for a number" is from 1680s. As an adjective, "expressing number," from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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numeral in Science
A symbol or mark used to represent a number.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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numeral in Culture

numeral definition

A word or symbol used to represent a number.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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