[fawr-teenth, fohr-]


next after the thirteenth; being the ordinal number for 14.
being one of 14 equal parts.


a fourteenth part, especially of one (1/14).
the fourteenth member of a series.

Origin of fourteenth

before 900; Middle English fourtenthe, Old English fēowertēotha. See fourteen, -th2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fourteenth

Contemporary Examples of fourteenth

Historical Examples of fourteenth

  • He had gone back to his trade and was working in a shop on Fourteenth Street.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • I was fourteenth on the list for this, so that I had ample time to recover.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • We had hall rooms in the same house in East Fourteenth Street.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • He considers himself a felicitous copy of Louis the Fourteenth!

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • Land holding was regarded as a misfortune in the fourteenth century.

British Dictionary definitions for fourteenth



  1. coming after the thirteenth in order, position, time etc. Often written: 14th
  2. (as noun)the fourteenth in succession


  1. one of 14 equal or nearly equal parts of something
  2. (as modifier)a fourteenth part
the fraction equal to one divided by 14 (1/14)
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Word Origin and History for fourteenth

c.1300, by influence of fourteen, replacing or modifying fourtende, fowrtethe, from Old English feowerteoða, Old Norse *feowertandi (see fourteen) + -th (1). Cf. Dutch veertiende, German vierzehnte.

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