[ ten-pinz ]
/ ˈtɛnˌpɪnz /


(used with a singular verb) a form of bowling, played with ten wooden pins at which a ball is bowled to knock them down.
tenpin, a pin used in this game.


How Hip Is Your Lingo? Take Our Slang Quiz!
If you aren’t already skilled in slang, then this quiz can get you up to speed in no time!
Question 1 of 11
OK Boomer can be perceived as pejorative, but it is mostly considered to be _____

Origin of tenpins

First recorded in 1590–1600; ten + pin + -s3
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for tenpin

British Dictionary definitions for tenpin (1 of 2)

/ (ˈtɛnˌpɪn) /


one of the pins used in tenpin bowlingSee also tenpins

British Dictionary definitions for tenpin (2 of 2)

/ (ˈtɛnˌpɪnz) /


(functioning as singular) a US and Canadian name for tenpin bowling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012