next after ninth; being the ordinal number for ten.
being one of ten equal parts.



in the tenth place; tenthly.

Origin of tenth

before 1150; Middle English tenthe, Old English. See ten, -th2, tithe
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Historical Examples of tenth

  • They're in them nine tenths of the time to a man's one tenth.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Possession is nine points of the law, and Time may give the tenth.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The competition had commenced, and I was the tenth on the list.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • You haven't one tenth of what the other girls you go with have.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Even so, the tenth Earl of Brinstead had dined publicly with them.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for tenth



(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the ninth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of ten: often written 10th
  2. (as noun)see you on the tenth; tenth in line


  1. one of 10 approximately equal parts of something
  2. (as modifier)a tenth part
one of 10 equal divisions of a particular measurement, etcdecibel Related prefix: deci-
the fraction equal to one divided by ten (1/10)
  1. an interval of one octave plus a third
  2. one of two notes constituting such an interval in relation to the other


Also: tenthly after the ninth person, position, event, etc

sentence connector

Also: tenthly as the 10th point: linking what follows with the previous statements, as in a speech or argument

Word Origin for tenth

C12 tenthe, from Old English tēotha; see ten, -th ²
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Word Origin and History for tenth

mid-12c., tenðe; see ten + -th (1). Replacing Old English teoða (West Saxon), teiða (Northumbrian).

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