[fawr-teen, fohr-]
  1. 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. 2018

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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
    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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