pertaining to the number 8.
consisting of eight.
proceeding by eight.

noun, plural oc·to·nar·ies.

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



relating to or based on the number eight

noun plural -naries

prosody a stanza of eight lines
a group of eight

Word Origin for octonary

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