Definition of eleven in English:

eleven

Syllabification: e·lev·en
Pronunciation: /əˈlevən
 
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number

1Equivalent to the sum of six and five; one more than ten; 11: the room was about eleven feet wide eighteen schools were founded, eleven of them in Los Angeles (Roman numeral: xi or XI)
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  • And the witness had said five foot eleven inches, I think.
  • Dad wasn't especially tall, five feet eleven inches or so.
  • But if he falls or fails to sparkle on the big day then eleven year old Doran's Pride won't be too far away if he stays sound between now and then.
1.1Eleven years old: the eldest is only eleven
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  • My eldest is eleven; there's no way she'd get past the first night.
  • One third of children between the ages of nine and eleven in Waterford and the rest of the South East are overweight and as many as eight per cent are clinically obese.
  • At the age of eleven, Wendy Lesser first read Don Quixote.
1.2Eleven o’clock: she often worked until eleven at night
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  • He spent three days working from seven in the morning until eleven at night on his masterpiece.
  • Sure enough, someone had been online last night between nine until eleven, and this morning from eight to nine.
  • Also, people usually watch television from about eight in the morning until eleven at night.
1.3A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by eleven.
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  • I followed Nick to a department store about a week ago, where I saw him buy a pair of brown boots, size eleven.
  • I cussed, as one size eleven shoe hit the ground.
1.4A group or unit of eleven people or things.
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  • Five of the eleven have still not received votes.
  • Then the eleven of them stood together in their battle gear, and Godwin raised his cup, and the ten pledged thegns raised theirs, and so they saluted each other, and drank.
  • The other eleven simply looked at him, stunned into inaction.
1.5A sports team of eleven players.
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  • The playing elevens for the decider described by former Indian Test player Navjot Sidhu as ‘too close to call’ will be named just before the toss today.
  • Yeadon Cricket Club are in deep trouble unable to field two full elevens as the Bradford League season gets underway.
  • Chelsea often starts a match with no British-born player in the eleven.

Origin

Old English endleofon, from the base of one + a second element (probably expressing the sense 'left over') occurring also in twelve; of Germanic origin and related to Dutch and German elf.

Phrases

up to eleven

informal So as to reach or surpass the maximum level; to an extreme or intense degree: turn the volume up to eleven I like my art cranked up to eleven
[ 1984: coined in the film comedy This is Spinal Tap, with reference to a rock guitarist whose amplifier's volume control goes up to eleven rather than the usual ten]
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  • It is not for the faint hearted, this wine has the flavour turned up to eleven.
  • It followed the existential/kickass pattern of the first movie, with each cranked up to eleven.
  • His band's amps went up to eleven.

Derivatives

elevenfold

Pronunciation: /-ˌfōld/
adjective& adverb
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  • Unsecured consumer credit in the UK has increased elevenfold since then.
  • The annual fees charged by fund companies have barely budged, even though assets have increased elevenfold since 1989, to more than $6 trillion.
  • I noticed upon the door, now in the steady, milky-white moonlight, a queer elevenfold cross engraved with the same metal as the doorknob, upon the upper-middle.

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