[noo-mer-uh l, nyoo-; noom-ruh l, nyoom-]


a word, letter, symbol, or figure, etc., expressing a number; number: the Roman numerals.


of, relating to, or consisting of numbers or numerals.
expressing or noting a number or numbers.

Origin of numeral

1520–30; < Late Latin numerālis of, belonging to number, equivalent to Latin numer(us) number + -ālis -al1
Related formsnon·nu·mer·al, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for numeral

digit, figure, character, number, cipher, integer

Examples from the Web for numeral

Contemporary Examples of numeral

Historical Examples of numeral

  • And if these Kufic characters reached there, then why not the numeral forms as well?

    The Hindu-Arabic Numerals

    David Eugene Smith

  • We have in this paragraph examples of the use of three of the “numeral particles.”

  • Ordinal—That form of the numeral that shows the order of anything in a series.


    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • Initial for hue, numeral above for value, numeral below for chroma.

    A Color Notation

    Albert H. Munsell

  • He can not even say “two” correctly, without applying the numeral to some object.

    Western Characters

    J. L. McConnel

British Dictionary definitions for numeral



a symbol or group of symbols used to express a number: for example, 6 (Arabic), VI (Roman), 110 (binary)


of, consisting of, or denoting a number

Word Origin for numeral

C16: from Late Latin numerālis belonging to number, from Latin numerus number
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Word Origin and History for numeral

1520s, "word expressing a number," from Middle French numéral (late 15c.), from Late Latin numeralis "of or belonging to a number," from Latin numerus "a number" (see number (n.)). Meaning "figure standing for a number" is from 1680s. As an adjective, "expressing number," from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

numeral in Science



A symbol or mark used to represent a number.
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numeral in Culture


A word or symbol used to represent a number.

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