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Line breaks: thir|teen
Pronunciation: /θəːˈtiːn
, ˈθəːtiːn

Definition of thirteen in English:

cardinal number

1Equivalent to the sum of six and seven; one more than twelve, or seven less than twenty; 13: thirteen miles away a rise of 13 per cent thirteen of the bishops voted against the motion (Roman numeral: xiii or XIII)
More example sentences
  • I figure we probably have twelve or thirteen years left to go.
  • It's something like twelve or thirteen years since I last had a stream of colds like this and I've been relatively free of them since.
  • Previously they have been ranked as the most intense set of examinations in the world, with a maximum of thirteen exams in seven days.
1.1A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by thirteen.
1.2Thirteen years old: two boys aged eleven and thirteen
More example sentences
  • The children were ragged and dirty, and all looked to be between the ages of eleven and thirteen.
  • Ivan was sixteen, Alexis thirteen, Andrei eleven, I was nine and Natalia was three.
  • My most interesting experience from a linguistic point of view was when I moved from Malaysia to Australia at the age of thirteen.


Old English thrēotīene (see three, -teen). The spelling with initial thi- is recorded in late Middle English.



ordinal number
Example sentences
  • By the thirteenth century the Christian kingdoms of the north had won back most of the peninsula.
  • For my thirteenth birthday Papa had a separate telephone line installed in my bedroom.
  • This year, which is the thirteenth year of the awards, there were a total of 199 entries.

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