Definition of fourteen in English:


Syllabification: four·teen
Pronunciation: /ˌfôrˈtēn, ˈfôrˌtēn


  • 1Equivalent to the product of seven and two; one more than thirteen, or six less than twenty; 14: they had spent fourteen days in solitary confinement all fourteen of us were seated (Roman numeral: xiv or XIV)
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    • The Christmas tree, still on display, was nearly fourteen feet high and did not yet reach the ceiling.
    • It's about thirteen or fourteen essays and some other stuff, seven or eight poems and a couple of plays.
    • A lot could be written on the delight of setting foot on rock after fourteen weeks of snow and ice and nearly seven out of sight of all else.
  • 1.1A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by fourteen.
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    • By 9: 00 I'd had enough and turned it off - before I shoved my size fourteens through the cathode.
  • 1.2Fourteen years old: he left school at fourteen
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    • Born in 1921, into a family of nine, Jimmy started work at the age of fourteen with Waterford County Council.
    • Sharon made her first trip stateside at the tender age of fourteen, as part of a group of traditional musicians from Dublin and Clare.
    • She had emigrated from Germany to America at the age of fourteen.



Pronunciation: /ˌfôrˈtēnTH, ˈfôrˌtēnTH/
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  • It's a list of insults, some dating back to the fourteenth century.
  • It includes an intimate series of images of saints and martyrs dating from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.
  • In the judgment of many of the fourteenth century's best minds, that was the cause of the Black Death.


Old English fēowertīene (see four, -teen).

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