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noun
adjective
amounting to ten in number.
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Idioms about ten

    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

Other definitions for ten (2 of 2)

ten.

abbreviation
tenor.
Music. tenuto.
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British Dictionary definitions for ten (1 of 2)

ten
/ (tɛn) /

noun
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
determiner
  1. amounting to tenten tigers
  2. (as pronoun)to sell only ten

Other words from ten

Related 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

British Dictionary definitions for ten (2 of 2)

ten-

combining form
a variant of teno-
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ten

ten

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

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