- next after the nineteenth; being the ordinal number for 20.
- being one of 20 equal parts.
- a twentieth part, especially of one (1/20).
- the twentieth member of a series.
Origin of twentieth
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Examples from the Web for twentieth
The second lesson is that no one writing before the twentieth century holds a key to our problems.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
FoxFaith, established in 2006 by Twentieth Century-Fox, flew under the radar for awhile, and died a quick death.Bible Flicks Move Beyond the B-List
August 3, 2014
Beside the fact that they are two of the greatest draughtsmen of the twentieth century.The Art World’s New Gang War
May 1, 2014
In 1975, Rüdiger Heim, approaching his twentieth birthday, decided that he had to see his father again.Hunting Down Aribert Heim, Egypt’s Hidden Nazi
Nicholas Kulish, Souad Mekhennet
March 24, 2014
And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.The Story of Noah's Ark From the Bible’s Book of Genesis
The Daily Beast
March 24, 2014
The twentieth brought a button-hole, and over this the inquest was held.
More than any of the others, the Twentieth Century will be democratic.
The Twentieth Century will have its share in literature and art.
The Twentieth Century will need its preachers and leaders in religion.
More than all this, the man in the Twentieth Century needs must be a man of character.
- (usually prenominal)
- coming after the nineteenth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of twenty: often written 20th
- (as noun)he left on the twentieth
- one of 20 approximately equal parts of something
- (as modifier)a twentieth part
- the fraction that is equal to one divided by 20 (1/20)
from Old English twentigotha
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Word Origin and History for twentieth
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