a cardinal number, 40 plus 2.
a symbol for this number, as 42 or XLII.
a set of this many persons or things.
a game for two persons or two partnerships played with dominoes but based upon the rules for all fours.


amounting to 42 in number. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forty-two

Contemporary Examples of forty-two

Historical Examples of forty-two

  • I'm forty-two and not so much of a fool that I ain't a little bit of a physician.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Sedan's proportionate share of the assessment was forty-two thousand francs.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • Lowell died in 1817, at the early age of forty-two, but his work did not die with him.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • He'd said that what he was looking for—and what he'd found—was forty-two thousand miles from Weald.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • He cleared the water forty-two times, all in a very few minutes.