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[twen-tee-wuhn, twuhn-] /ˈtwɛn tiˈwʌn, ˈtwʌn-/
a cardinal number, 20 plus 1.
a symbol for this number, as 21 or XXI.
a set of this many persons or things.
Also, 21.Also called blackjack. a gambling game at cards, in which the object is to obtain from the dealer cards whose values add up to, or close to, 21 but which do not exceed it.
amounting to 21 in number. Unabridged
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  • At any rate, when he was twenty-one he might hope to be the possessor of a thousand dollars.

    Helping Himself Horatio Alger
  • Yet my mother was only fourteen and my father twenty-one when they were married.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • I was past twenty-one, and I had never even had a glimpse into the inside of life.

  • He was twenty-one, and tall and strong, so that he was able to ignore Big Tom.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • We were promised presents for twenty-one years; we have received nothing but a few promises.

    Four American Indians Edson L. Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for twenty-one


another name (esp US) for pontoon2 (sense 1)
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