[twen-tee-too, twuhn-]


a cardinal number, 20 plus 2.
a symbol for this number, as 22 or XXII.
a set of this many persons or things.


amounting to 22 in number.


or twen·ty-two

[twen-tee-too, twuhn-]

noun, plural .22s, .22's.

a rifle or pistol using a cartridge .22 inch in diameter and of varying length.
the cartridge itself.

Origin of .22

First recorded in 1925–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of twenty-two

Historical Examples of twenty-two

  • He was acting like a crazy boy, and he was a man, all of twenty-two!


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Perhaps never in his twenty-two years had young Drummond been so near a thrashing.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • I have had my salary raised and am now rejoicing in twenty-two dollars a week.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Just when I had all my ideas fixed for fifteen, I get twenty-two and have to reassemble them.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Ulysses took command of the remaining twenty-two men, in person.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne