[ ih-lev-uhn ]

  1. a cardinal number, ten plus one.

  2. a symbol for this number, as 11 or XI.

  1. a set of this many persons or things, as a football team.

  1. 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

Words Nearby eleven

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How to use eleven in a sentence

  • But the nasty part of the whole thing was, that Haggard had won eleven thousand pounds from a weak-headed boy.

  • Porter and Poindexter are within eleven miles of the place, and Duffield expects to be attacked by morning.

  • It was eleven o'clock before the river was crossed and the headquarters of Colonel Guitar reached.

  • So it was decided, and the little force took up the march for Brown's Springs, eleven miles away.

  • We were then nine million small arm still to the good having spent eleven million.

British Dictionary definitions for eleven


/ (ɪˈlɛvən) /

  1. the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and one

  2. a numeral 11, XI, etc, representing this number

  1. something representing, represented by, or consisting of 11 units

  2. (functioning as singular or plural) a team of 11 players in football, cricket, hockey, etc

  3. Also called: eleven o'clock eleven hours after noon or midnight

    • amounting to eleven: eleven chances

    • (as pronoun): have another eleven today

Origin of eleven

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

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