amounting to nine in number.


Nearby words

  1. nimzowitsch,
  2. nin,
  3. nin, anaïs,
  4. nina,
  5. nincompoop,
  6. nine ball,
  7. nine days' wonder,
  8. nine plus two array,
  9. nine plus zero array,
  10. nine worthies


    dressed to the nines, looking one's best; dressed smartly, splendidly, etc.: All the girls were dressed to the nines for the party.

Origin of nine

before 900; Middle English; Old English nigan, nigon, cognate with Dutch negen, akin to German neun, Old Norse nīu, Gothic niun, Latin novem, Greek ennéa, Sanskrit náva Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nines



the cardinal number that is the sum of one and eightSee also number (def. 1)
a numeral, 9, IX, etc, representing this number
something representing, represented by, or consisting of nine units, such as a playing card with nine symbols on it
Also: nine o'clock nine hours after noon or midnightthe play starts at nine
dressed to the nines or dressed up to the nines informal elaborately dressed
999 (in Britain) the telephone number of the emergency services
nine to five normal office hourshe works nine to five; a nine-to-five job


  1. amounting to ninenine days
  2. (as pronoun)nine of the ten are ready
Related formsRelated prefix: nona-

Word Origin for nine

Old English nigon; related to Gothic niun, Latin novem

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Word Origin and History for nines
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Idioms and Phrases with nines


see dressed to kill (to the nines); on cloud nine; possession is nine points of the law; whole nine yards.

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