a cardinal number, 40 plus 8.
a symbol for this number, as 48 or XLVIII.
a set of this many persons or things.
the forty-eight, the 48 contiguous states of the U.S.


amounting to 48 in number. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forty-eight

Contemporary Examples of forty-eight

Historical Examples of forty-eight

  • I leave you free to bring it me back within forty-eight hours.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • We had not left New York forty-eight hours when the vessel stopped.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • And so forty-eight hours were left one to prepare for the onslaught.

  • Permit me, I beseech you, before you go to London to send you forty-eight guineas.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Handel was forty-eight before he published any of his great works.


    Samuel Smiles