[ twen-tee, twuhn- ]
/ ˈtwɛn ti, ˈtwʌn- /

noun, plural twen·ties.

a cardinal number, 10 times 2.
a symbol for this number, as 20 or XX.
a set of this many persons or things.
Informal. a twenty-dollar bill: Can you give me two tens for a twenty?
twenties, the numbers, years, degrees, or the like, from 20 through 29, as in referring to numbered streets, indicating the years of a lifetime or of a century, or referring to degrees of temperature: He lives in the West Twenties. She's in her early twenties. The temperature must be in the high twenties today.


amounting to 20 in number.

Nearby words

  1. twelvepenny nail,
  2. twelver,
  3. twenties,
  4. twentieth,
  5. twentieth amendment,
  6. twenty questions,
  7. twenty thousand leagues under the sea,
  8. twenty-eight,
  9. twenty-eighth,
  10. twenty-fifth

Origin of twenty

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (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
Related formsRelated adjectives: vicenary, vigesimalRelated prefix: icosa-

Word Origin for twenty

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

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