[ih-lev-uh n]


a cardinal number, ten plus one.
a symbol for this number, as 11 or XI.
a set of this many persons or things, as a football team.


amounting to eleven in number.

Nearby words

  1. elevator muscle of upper lip,
  2. elevator muscle of upper lip and wing of nose,
  3. elevator music,
  4. elevator pitch,
  5. elevator shoe,
  6. eleven-plus,
  7. elevenses,
  8. eleventh,
  9. eleventh amendment,
  10. eleventh chord

Origin of eleven

before 900; Middle English elleven(e), Old English ellefne, endleofan; cognate with Old High German einlif (German elf), Old Norse ellifu, Gothic ainlib-, literally, one remaining (after counting 10). See one, leave1

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British Dictionary definitions for eleven



the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and one
a numeral 11, XI, etc, representing this number
something representing, represented by, or consisting of 11 units
(functioning as singular or plural) a team of 11 players in football, cricket, hockey, etc
Also called: eleven o'clock eleven hours after noon or midnight


  1. amounting to eleveneleven chances
  2. (as pronoun)have another eleven today

Word Origin for eleven

Old English endleofan; related to Old Norse ellefo, Gothic ainlif, Old Frisian andlova, Old High German einlif

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