[adjective twen-tee-fohld, twuhn-; adverb twen-tee-fohld, twuhn-]


having twenty sections, aspects, divisions, kinds, etc.
being twenty times as large, great, many, etc.


twenty times in amount or degree.

Origin of twentyfold

First recorded in 1600–10; twenty + -fold Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for twenty-fold

Historical Examples of twenty-fold

  • The guards, both crimson and blue, formed a twenty-fold cordon.

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall

  • Accurate measurements have shown that the axis of a glacier may move ten- or twenty-fold more rapidly than its margins.

  • The effect produced by the Colony Garden, or public grounds, was such as twenty-fold to return the cost and labour bestowed on it.

    The Crater

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The permanent population is about twenty thousand, swollen in summer often fifteen- or twenty-fold.

  • Town lots sold in a most remarkable manner, many valuable corners increasing in value ten and twenty-fold in a single night.