noun, plural oc·to·nar·ies.
  1. a group of eight; an ogdoad.
  2. Also octal. Prosody. a stanza of eight lines.
  3. a number in an octonary system.

Origin of octonary

1525–35; < Latin octōnārius consisting of eight, equivalent to octōn(ī) eight each + -ārius -ary
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Historical Examples of octonary

  • It is said that the ancient Saxons used the octonary system,220 but how, or for what purposes, is not stated.

    The Number Concept

    Levi Leonard Conant

British Dictionary definitions for octonary


  1. relating to or based on the number eight
noun plural -naries
  1. prosody a stanza of eight lines
  2. a group of eight

Word Origin for octonary

C16: from Latin octōnārius, from octōnī eight at a time
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