[ ten-er ]
/ ˈtɛn ər /

noun Informal.

a 10-dollar bill.
British. a 10-pound note.

Nearby words

  1. teniers, david,
  2. tenn.,
  3. tennant,
  4. tennant, smithson,
  5. tennantite,
  6. tennessean,
  7. tennessee,
  8. tennessee river,
  9. tennessee valley authority,
  10. tennessee walking horse

Origin of tenner

First recorded in 1840–50; ten + -er1


[ ten ]
/ tɛn /



amounting to ten in number.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for tenner


/ (ˈtɛnə) /

noun informal

  1. a ten-pound note
  2. the sum of ten pounds
US a ten-dollar bill


/ (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 tenner


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Medicine definitions for tenner



toxic epidermal necrolysis

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Idioms and Phrases with tenner


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

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