sixteen

[ siks-teen ]
/ ˈsɪksˈtin /
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noun

a cardinal number, ten plus six.
a symbol for this number, as 16 or XVI.
a set of this many persons or things.

adjective

amounting to 16 in number.

Nearby words

  1. sixfold,
  2. sixmo,
  3. sixpence,
  4. sixpenny,
  5. sixte,
  6. sixteenmo,
  7. sixteenpenny,
  8. sixteenth,
  9. sixteenth amendment,
  10. sixteenth note

Origin of sixteen

before 900; Middle English, Old English sixtēne; cognate with Dutch zestien, German sechzehn, Old Norse sextān. See six, -teen

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British Dictionary definitions for sixteen

sixteen

/ (ˈsɪksˈtiːn) /

noun

the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and sixSee also number (def. 1)
a numeral, 16, XVI, etc, representing this number
music the numeral 16 used as the lower figure of a time signature to indicate that the beat is measured in semiquavers
something represented by, representing, or consisting of 16 units

determiner

  1. amounting to sixteensixteen tons
  2. (as pronoun)sixteen are known to the police

Word Origin for sixteen

Old English sextyne

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Word Origin and History for sixteen

sixteen

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