Definition of eight in English:


Syllabification: eight


1Equivalent to the product of two and four; one more than seven, or two less than ten; 8: a committee of eight members eight were acquitted eight of them were unemployed (Roman numeral: viii or VIII)
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  • Even though there are four to eight members on each panel, only three of them vote on each record.
  • They form a committee of eight members, and I personally have nothing to do.
  • He and his wife Kittie reared a family of eight, five boys and three girls.
1.1A group or unit of eight people or things: the win placed Canada closer to the final eight
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  • Byron now move into the final eight where they will face Woodburn.
  • Both Ivanovic and Evans were not part of the final eight last year.
  • As the old saying goes ‘it's all on the day’ and the final eight will all hold high hopes of going all the way.
octet, eightsome, octuplets;
Poetry octrain, octameter;
Music octuplet, octave
technical octad
rare ogdoad, octarchy
1.2Eight years old: children as young as eight
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  • Aisling Young is eight, made her First Holy Communion in May and her granny plaited her hair for the occasion.
  • He has a great interest in collecting things, like any young boy of eight, and has a collection of model dinosaurs.
  • The first category comprised young music lovers between the age of eight and 15.
1.3Eight o’clock: in time for dinner at eight
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  • Broadcast live on national TV, it begins at around eight in the morning and goes on until near mid-day.
  • I wake up each morning around eight.
  • Well that was no surprise it was only eight in the morning.
1.4 short for figure eight.
1.5A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by eight.
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  • When they say ‘slim white jeans’ they mean 5 foot ten and a size eight or under.
  • And in some high street stores where the clothes are all one size it is difficult to get into anything if you are over a size eight or 10.
  • I want to be able to go into a shop and buy a size eight.
1.6A playing card with eight pips.
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  • Some players use jacks or aces rather than eights as the cards which have the power to change suit.
  • When an eight is played the player must call the suit for the next player.
  • If a player's only card is an eight, s/he cannot play it and is forced to draw a card that turn.
1.7An eight-oared rowboat or its crew.
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  • These 54 athletes had waited all week to contend the eight and the field was impressive.
  • They competed in their country's quad last year but are back leading the eight.
  • This is up an improvement on Sydney when neither the men's nor women's eight qualified.


Old English ehta, eahta, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German acht, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin octo and Greek oktō.

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