[fawr-teen, fohr-]


a cardinal number, ten plus four.
a symbol for this number, as 14 or XIV.
a set of this many persons or things.


amounting to 14 in number.

Origin of fourteen

before 950; Middle English fourtene, Old English fēowertēne. See four, -teen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fourteen

Contemporary Examples of fourteen

Historical Examples of fourteen

  • There was no one left at home that day but a girl fourteen years old and her four younger brothers.

    Once Upon A Time In Connecticut

    Caroline Clifford Newton

  • That elephant an me has been side-partners for fourteen years, an here you come between us.

    Short Sixes

    H. C. Bunner

  • With a band of relatives he invaded the convent, but neither abuse nor blows could subdue this child of fourteen.

  • A man of seventy and a boy of fourteen were running for the forest.

    The Scouts of the Valley

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • Like Laura, aged fourteen, I had taken a shorter voyage on a poorer ship, and I had decided that this would be different.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine

British Dictionary definitions for fourteen



the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and four
a numeral, 14, XIV, etc, representing this number
something represented by, representing, or consisting of 14 units


  1. amounting to fourteenfourteen cats
  2. (as pronoun)the fourteen who remained

Word Origin for fourteen

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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