Definition of eight in English:


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Pronunciation: /eɪt


  • 1Equivalent to the product of two and four; one more than seven, or two less than ten; 8: a committee of eight members eight of them were unemployed eight were acquitted (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 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: the play is to begin 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.
  • 1.4A 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.
  • 1.5An eight-oared rowing boat 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.
  • 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.


have one over the eight

British informal Have one drink too many.
[probably from the assumption that the average person can drink eight pints of beer without getting drunk]
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  • How do you behave when you've had one over the eight?
  • If I do have one over the eight it's not far to go home.
  • Relations became strained following an incident in which a Constable is alleged to have had one over the eight, and to have caused a fire.


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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