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  1. a cardinal number, 40 plus 2.

  2. a symbol for this number, as 42 or XLII.

  1. a set of this many persons or things.

  2. a game for two persons or two partnerships played with dominoes but based upon the rules for all fours.

  1. amounting to 42 in number.

Words Nearby forty-two Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use forty-two in a sentence

  • A girl of forty-two weeks showed the same excitement at the sight of a life-size painting of a cat as at that of a real cat.

    Children's Ways | James Sully
  • Starting in Dallas he received orders for one hundred forty-two copies the first day.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • On the 4th of May we put off to sea in a boat, for the purpose of coasting round to Papara, forty-two miles distant.

  • Our next day's run was short, covering only forty-two miles between Launceston and Exeter.

  • There are some forty-two of these cemeteries in all now known, many of which are only partially accessible.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow