[ ok-tuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈɒk təˌnɛr i /


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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Example sentences from the Web for 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

/ (ˈɒktənərɪ) rare /


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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