a cardinal number, 30 plus 8.
a symbol for this number, as 38 or XXXVIII.
a set of this many persons or things.


amounting to 38 in number.



noun, plural 38s, 38's.

a pistol or revolver using a cartridge approximately .38 inch in diameter.
the cartridge itself.
Also thir·ty-eight. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thirty-eight

Contemporary Examples of thirty-eight

Historical Examples of thirty-eight

  • I was conscious of each one of my thirty-eight years whenever I looked at him.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • It was decided to reduce the number of regiments from thirty-eight to twenty-six.

  • It's just thirty-eight years I'm with the master's father and himself.'

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • And you swam thirty-eight strokes under water the other day.


    Jane Abbott

  • I lost from £4 to £5 of condition on an average off every one of the thirty-eight.