[ ten ]
/ tɛn /



amounting to ten in number.

Nearby words

  1. tempura,
  2. tempus edax rerum,
  3. tempus fugit,
  4. tempyō,
  5. temuco,
  6. ten code,
  7. ten commandments,
  8. ten gurus,
  9. ten percenter,
  10. ten thousand smokes, valley of


    take ten, Informal. to rest from what one is doing, especially for ten minutes.

Origin of ten

before 900; Middle English ten(e), tenn(e), Old English tēn(e), tīen(e); cognate with Dutch tien, German zehn, Old Norse tīu, Gothic taihun, Latin decem, Greek déka, Sanskrit daśa



the upper end of a rating scale, with 10 indicating the best or a perfect score: That new novel is wonderful—I'd rate it a 10.
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British Dictionary definitions for ten


/ (tɛn) /


the cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one. It is the base of the decimal number system and the base of the common logarithmSee also number (def. 1)
a numeral, 10, X, etc, representing this number
something representing, represented by, or consisting of ten units, such as a playing card with ten symbols on it
Also called: ten o'clock ten hours after noon or midnight


  1. amounting to tenten tigers
  2. (as pronoun)to sell only ten
Related formsRelated adjective: decimalRelated prefixes: deca-, deci-

Word Origin for ten

Old English tēn; related to Old Saxon tehan, Old High German zehan, Gothic taihun, Latin decem, Greek deka, Sanskrit dasa

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Word Origin and History for ten


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Medicine definitions for ten



toxic epidermal necrolysis

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Idioms and Phrases with ten


see count to ten; not touch with a ten-foot pole.

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