[ twen-tee, twuhn- ]
/ ˈtwɛn ti, ˈtwʌn- /
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noun, plural twen·ties.
amounting to 20 in number.
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Origin of twenty

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English twēntig; cognate with Old Frisian tw(e)intich,Old High German zweinzug (German zwanzig ), Gothic twai tigjus two tens
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How to use twenty in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for twenty

/ (ˈtwɛntɪ) /

noun plural -ties
the cardinal number that is the product of ten and two; a scoreSee also number (def. 1)
a numeral, 20, XX, etc, representing this number
something representing, represented by, or consisting of 20 units
  1. amounting to twentytwenty questions
  2. (as pronoun)to order twenty

Other words from twenty

Related adjectives: vicenary, vigesimalRelated prefix: icosa-

Word Origin for twenty

Old English twēntig; related to Old High German zweinzug, German zwanzig
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