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[fawr-teen, fohr-]
  1. a cardinal number, ten plus four.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 14 or XIV.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
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  1. amounting to 14 in number.
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Origin of fourteen

before 950; Middle English fourtene, Old English fēowertēne. See four, -teen
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  1. the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and four
  2. a numeral, 14, XIV, etc, representing this number
  3. something represented by, representing, or consisting of 14 units
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    1. amounting to fourteenfourteen cats
    2. (as pronoun)the fourteen who remained
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Word Origin

Old English fēowertīene
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Word Origin and History for fourteen


c.1300, from Old English feowertyne; see four + -teen. Cf. Old Saxon fiertein, Old Frisian fiuwertine, Dutch veertien, Old High German fiorzehan, German vierzehn, Gothic fidwortaihun.

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