- a cardinal number, 10 times 2.
- a symbol for this number, as 20 or XX.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- Informal. a twenty-dollar bill: Can you give me two tens for a twenty?
- twenties, the numbers, years, degrees, or the like, from 20 through 29, as in referring to numbered streets, indicating the years of a lifetime or of a century, or referring to degrees of temperature: He lives in the West Twenties. She's in her early twenties. The temperature must be in the high twenties today.
- amounting to 20 in number.
Origin of twenty
Examples from the Web for twenty
Why would “they” want to crush him just for attempting to buy something twenty years ago?Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
By the end of the construction period, the number of deaths had reached roughly twenty percent of the workforce.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
Twenty minutes after the interview was over, the translator knocked on my hotel room door.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
That must have galled Lehman, who is twenty years younger than Hitchcock.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Twenty years ago, on December 11th, Chechens heard that Russian President Boris Yeltsin had deployed tanks against them.Where Chechens Go to Escape Their Surreal Past—and Risky Present
December 9, 2014
It proved to be a sign some twenty feet high and a whole block long.
When I was twenty I could have loved him devotedly, I believe.
After travelling about twenty miles, met the party coming all right.
There were about twenty round us; they appeared very frightened.
No, sir; I'm not gwine to stir from here till I git my twenty dollars!Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
- the cardinal number that is the product of ten and two; a scoreSee also number (def. 1)
- a numeral, 20, XX, etc, representing this number
- something representing, represented by, or consisting of 20 units
- amounting to twentytwenty questions
- (as pronoun)to order twenty
Word Origin and History for twenty
Old English twentig "group of twenty," from twegen "two" (see two) + -tig "group of ten" (see -ty (1)). Cognate with Old Frisian twintich, Dutch twintig, Old High German zweinzug, German zwanzig. Gothic twai tigjus is even more transparent: literally "two tens."
The card game twenty-one (1790) is from French vingt-et-un (1781). Twenty-twenty hindsight is first recorded 1962, a figurative use of the Snellen fraction for normal visual acuity, expressed in feet. The guessing game of twenty questions is recorded from 1786. The Twentieth Century Limited was an express train from New York to Chicago 1902-1967.