- a cardinal number, ten plus five.
- a symbol for this number, as 15 or XV.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- amounting to 15 in number.
Origin of fifteen
Examples from the Web for fifteen
Bob Cratchit, the clerk who is the father of Tiny Tim and who meekly serves Scrooge, is paid fifteen shillings a week.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Fifteen people were killed, more than 200 were injured, and more than 300 families lost their homes.Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction
Sean B. Carroll
November 30, 2014
It took me fifteen minutes to fill a thick black Hefty bag with papers and computer parts.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Fifteen years later, the same communities had returned for the annual celebration, as most had year after year.London’s Pagan Counterculture Kings
October 12, 2014
Fifteen years after its last execution, Pennsylvania is finding it difficult to fire up its death machine again.Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco
September 18, 2014
We did not get on it till we had travelled along the line about fifteen miles.Explorations in Australia
There are only Evelyn and I, and I am fifteen years older than she.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
For fifteen years he poured his heart without stint into his work!Way of the Lawless
Seventy-four of the professors voted for Mr. Gladstone and fifteen for Mr. Perceval.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Then I come on a slab of gray stone upstanding about fifteen feet.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
- the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and five
- a numeral, 15, XV, etc, representing this number
- something represented by, representing, or consisting of 15 units
- a rugby union football team
- amounting to fifteenfifteen jokes
- (as pronoun)fifteen of us danced
- the Fifteen British history the Jacobite rising of 1715
Word Origin and History for fifteen
Old English fiftyne, from fif "five" (see five) + tyne (see -teen). Cf. Old Saxon fiftein, Old Frisian fiftine, Old Norse fimtan, Swedish femton, Dutch vijftien, German fünfzehn, Gothic fimftaihun "fifteen." French quinze, Italian quindici "fifteen" are from Latin quindecim (see Quatorze).