noun, plural twen·ties.
- twelvepenny nail,
- twentieth amendment,
- twenty questions,
- twenty thousand leagues under the sea,
Origin of twenty
Examples from the Web for twenty
Why would “they” want to crush him just for attempting to buy something twenty years ago?
By the end of the construction period, the number of deaths had reached roughly twenty percent of the workforce.
Twenty minutes after the interview was over, the translator knocked on my hotel room door.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That must have galled Lehman, who is twenty years younger than Hitchcock.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Twenty years ago, on December 11th, Chechens heard that Russian President Boris Yeltsin had deployed tanks against them.Where Chechens Go to Escape Their Surreal Past—and Risky Present|Anna Nemtsova|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the operator has composed twenty or twenty-five of these slugs, his take is completed.News Writing|M. Lyle Spencer
Care of the rooms was strictly included in the boarder's twenty dollars a month, but Kern was not thinking of it that way exactly.V. V.'s Eyes|Henry Sydnor Harrison
A neighbor of his told me he had seen a flock of fifteen or twenty pigeons on a foggy morning only a few days before.The Passenger Pigeon|Various
Clark had left twenty men, the Indian girl and her baby, and they had fifty horses.The Young Alaskans on the Missouri|Emerson Hough
The next place, a village of perhaps twenty or thirty houses and half a dozen stores, was soon reached.Young Auctioneers|Edward Stratemeyer
noun plural -ties
- amounting to twentytwenty questions
- (as pronoun)to order twenty
Word Origin for twenty
Old English twentig "group of twenty," from twegen "two" (see two) + -tig "group of ten" (see -ty (1)). Cognate with Old Frisian twintich, Dutch twintig, Old High German zweinzug, German zwanzig. Gothic twai tigjus is even more transparent: literally "two tens."
The card game twenty-one (1790) is from French vingt-et-un (1781). Twenty-twenty hindsight is first recorded 1962, a figurative use of the Snellen fraction for normal visual acuity, expressed in feet. The guessing game of twenty questions is recorded from 1786. The Twentieth Century Limited was an express train from New York to Chicago 1902-1967.