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  1. a cardinal number, ten plus nine.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 19 or XIX.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
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  1. amounting to nineteen in number.
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  1. talk nineteen to the dozen, to talk very rapidly or vehemently: Whenever I'm excited I talk nineteen to the dozen.
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Origin of nineteen

before 1000; Middle English nintene, Old English nigontȳne. See nine, -teen
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  • The House divided and the government were left in a minority of nineteen.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • But they did accomplish the journey, and that in nineteen days.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • The nurses of this hospital are all young,—ranging, say, from nineteen to four and twenty.

  • He was not without hopes of pleasing—what young man of nineteen or twenty is?

  • This broad pledge was so well kept that at the age of nineteen he was made a partner.

British Dictionary definitions for nineteen


  1. the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and nine and is a prime numberSee also number (def. 1)
  2. a numeral, 19, XIX, etc, representing this number
  3. something represented by, representing, or consisting of 19 units
  4. talk nineteen to the dozen to talk incessantly
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    1. amounting to nineteennineteen pictures
    2. (as pronoun)only nineteen voted
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Word Origin

Old English nigontīne
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Word Origin and History for nineteen


late Old English nigontene (Anglian), nigontyne (West Saxon); see nine + -teen.

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