a cardinal number, ten plus nine.
a symbol for this number, as 19 or XIX.
a set of this many persons or things.


amounting to nineteen in number.


    talk nineteen to the dozen, to talk very rapidly or vehemently: Whenever I'm excited I talk nineteen to the dozen.

Origin of nineteen

before 1000; Middle English nintene, Old English nigontȳne. See nine, -teen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nineteen

Contemporary Examples of nineteen

Historical Examples of nineteen

  • 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



the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and nine and is a prime numberSee also number (def. 1)
a numeral, 19, XIX, etc, representing this number
something represented by, representing, or consisting of 19 units
talk nineteen to the dozen to talk incessantly


  1. amounting to nineteennineteen pictures
  2. (as pronoun)only nineteen voted

Word Origin for nineteen

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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