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thirteenth

[thur-teenth] /ˈθɜrˈtinθ/
adjective
1.
next after the twelfth; being the ordinal number for 13.
2.
being one of 13 equal parts.
noun
3.
a thirteenth part, especially of one (1/13).
4.
the thirteenth member of a series.
Origin of thirteenth
900
before 900; thirteen + -th2; replacing Middle English thrittenthe (see three, tenth), Old English thryttēotha (see tithe)
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  • Norman towers were sometimes capped with spires in the thirteenth century.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • Stricken low in her thirteenth year, she had grown no older in mind.

  • Lastly, the thirteenth is that of Walnuts, and it is added to compleat the year.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • This was the progress the piano of today had made in the thirteenth century.

    How the Piano Came to Be Ellye Howell Glover
  • It was Sunday, November the thirteenth, and five o'clock in the afternoon.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for thirteenth

thirteenth

/ˈθɜːˈtiːnθ/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the twelfth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of thirteen: often written 13th
  2. (as noun): Friday the thirteenth
noun
2.
  1. one of 13 equal or nearly equal parts of something
  2. (as modifier): a thirteenth part
3.
the fraction equal to one divided by 13 (1/13)
4.
(music)
  1. an interval of one octave plus a sixth See also interval (sense 5)
  2. short for thirteenth chord
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Word Origin and History for thirteenth
adj.

early 14c., þriteenþe, from thirteen + -th (1), replacing forms from Old English þteoteoða. Cf. Old Norse þrettande, Danish trettende, Swedish trettonde, Old Frisian threttinde, Dutch dertiende, Old High German dritto-zehanto, German dreizehnte.

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