[ ih-lev-uh n ]
/ ɪˈlɛv ən /


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.

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

/ (ɪˈlɛvən) /


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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