[ih-lev-uh nth]


next after the tenth; being the ordinal number for 11.
being one of 11 equal parts.


an eleventh part, especially of one (1/11).
the eleventh member of a series.

Origin of eleventh

before 1000; Middle English enleventh, enlefte, Old English endlyfta (akin to Old Frisian andlofta, Old Saxon ellifto). See eleven, -th2
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  • With him, as with the average Frenchman, solvency was an eleventh commandment.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • He was the eleventh of a family of thirteen, of whom seven yet live.

  • Again, in the eleventh verse, it is distinctly declared that the ZRA.

  • On the eleventh day Midas took him back to the house of his greatest pupil.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • The eleventh answers to our January, and is named as Cold-meal Moon.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

British Dictionary definitions for eleventh



(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the tenth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of eleven: often written 11th
  2. (as pronoun)the eleventh in succession


  1. one of 11 equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, measurement, etc
  2. (as modifier)an eleventh part
the fraction equal to one divided by 11 (1/11)
  1. an interval of one octave plus one fourth
  2. See eleventh chord
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Word Origin and History for eleventh

late 14c., eleventhe, superseding earlier ellefte (c.1300), enlefte (early 13c.), from Old English endleofta; see eleven + -th (1).

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