eights

[ eyts ]
/ eɪts /

noun (used with a singular verb)

Definition for eights (2 of 2)

eight

[ eyt ]
/ eɪt /

noun

a cardinal number, seven plus one.
a symbol for this number, as 8 or VIII.
a set of this many persons or things, as the crew of an eight-oared racing shell.
a playing card the face of which bears eight pips.
Informal.
  1. an automobile powered by an eight-cylinder engine.
  2. an eight-cylinder engine.

adjective

amounting to eight in number.

Origin of eight

before 1000; Middle English eighte, Old English (e)ahta; cognate with Dutch acht, Old Saxon, Old High German ahto (German acht), Old Norse ātta, Gothic ahtau, Latin octō, Greek oktṓ, Old Irish ocht, Welsh wyth, Breton eiz, Tocharian B okt, Lithuanian aštuonì, Albanian tetë, Armenian uth, Persian hasht, Sanskrit aṣṭáu; apparently an old dual in form, but not clear of what

Can be confused

ate eight
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British Dictionary definitions for eights

eight

/ (eɪt) /

noun


determiner

  1. amounting to eight
  2. (as pronoun)I could only find eight

Related forms

Related prefixes: octa-, octo-

Word Origin for eight

Old English eahta; related to Old High German ahto, Old Norse ātta, Old Irish ocht, Latin octō, Greek okto, Sanskrit astau
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Idioms and Phrases with eights

eight

see behind the eight ball.


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