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thirteen

[ thur-teen ]
/ ˈθɜrˈtin /
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noun

a cardinal number, 10 plus 3.
a symbol for this number, as 13 or XIII.
a set of this many persons or things.

adjective

amounting to 13 in number.

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Origin of thirteen

before 900; late Middle English thirttene, variant of Middle English thrittene,Old English thrēotēne; cognate with Dutch dertien,German dreizehn,Old Norse threttān.See three, -teen
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British Dictionary definitions for thirteen

thirteen
/ (ˈθɜːˈtiːn) /

noun

the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and three and is a prime numberSee also number (def. 1)
a numeral, 13, XIII, etc, representing this number
the amount or quantity that is three more than ten; baker's dozen
something represented by, representing, or consisting of 13 units

determiner

  1. amounting to thirteenthirteen buses
  2. (as pronoun)thirteen of them fell

Word Origin for thirteen

Old English threotēne; see three, -teen
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