Meaning of TEN in English

I. ˈten adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tīen, tȳn, tēn; akin to Old High German zehan ten, Old Norse tīu, Gothic taihun, Latin decem, Greek deka, Sanskrit daśa

: being one more than nine in number

ten years

— see number table

II. pronoun, plural in construction

Etymology: Middle English tene, ten, from Old English tīene, tȳne tēne, from tīen, tȳn, tēn, adjective

: ten countable persons or things not specified but under consideration and being enumerated

ten are here

ten were found

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English tene, ten, from Old English tīene, tȳne, tēne, from tīene, tȳne tēne, pron.

1. : twice five : five times two


a. : ten units or objects

a total of ten

b. : a group or set of ten

arranged by tens


a. : the numerable quantity symbolized by the arabic numerals 10

b. : the letter X

4. : 10 o'clock — compare bell table, time illustration

5. : the tenth in a set or series: as

a. : a playing card marked to show that it is tenth in a suit

b. : an article of clothing of the tenth size

wears a ten

6. : something having as an essential feature ten units or members


a. : a ten-shilling note

b. : a ten-pound note

c. : a ten-dollar bill

8. : the number occupying the position two to the left of the decimal point in the arabic notation (as 6 in the number 2968) — usually used in plural

9. : a short rest period (as of ten minutes) : break

the captain halted the company and ordered them to take ten

IV. abbreviation

1. tenement

2. tenor

3. tenuto

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.