twenty

[ 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.

adjective

amounting to 20 in number.

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
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twenty
/ (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

determiner

  1. amounting to twentytwenty questions
  2. (as pronoun)to order twenty

Other words from twenty

Related adjectives: vicenary, vigesimalRelated prefix: icosa-

Word Origin for twenty

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