Definition of fifteen in English:

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Pronunciation: /fifˈtēn/
Pronunciation: /ˈfifˌtēn/

cardinal number

1Equivalent to the product of three and five; one more than fourteen, or five more than ten; 15: all fifteen species of cranes mate for life fifteen feet high fifteen of the passengers made their appearance (Roman numeral: xv or XV)
More example sentences
  • It takes five to fifteen times as much ginseng as aspirin or caffeine to produce toxicity in animals.
  • Four plus five plus three plus fifteen is less than 40; what happened to the other inmates?
  • Fourteen and fifteen seem to be as good as any at the moment.
1.1Fifteen years old: she must be fifteen by now
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  • The definition of literacy used by the government is that one must be over the age of fifteen and capable of reading and writing.
  • Green's anthology was my introduction to Australian poetry at the age of fifteen or so, and for me it was love at first sight.
  • One in three New Zealanders aged fifteen and over has no qualification.


fifteen minutes of fame

A brief period of fame that a person enjoys before fading back into obscurity.
Adapted from Andy Warhol's comment 'in the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes' (1968)
Example sentences
  • Sole survivors rarely enjoy their fifteen minutes of fame, particularly when their work covers an obscure escape.
  • He afforded everyone their fifteen minutes of fame.
  • It was (one of) my fifteen minutes of fame, and I still get a thrill seeing my name up there, even if no-one else has a clue who I am or what I did.


Old English fīftēne, fīftīene (see five, -teen).

Words that rhyme with fifteen

Aberdeen, Amin, aquamarine, baleen, bean, been, beguine, Benin, between, canteen, careen, Claudine, clean, contravene, convene, cuisine, dean, Dene, e'en, eighteen, fascine, fedayeen, figurine, foreseen, fourteen, Francine, gean, gene, glean, gombeen, green, Greene, Halloween, intervene, Janine, Jean, Jeannine, Jolene, Kean, keen, Keene, Ladin, langoustine, latrine, lean, limousine, machine, Maclean, magazine, Malines, margarine, marine, Mascarene, Massine, Maxine, mean, Medellín, mesne, mien, Moline, moreen, mujahedin, Nadine, nankeen, Nazarene, Nene, nineteen, nougatine, obscene, palanquin, peen, poteen, preen, quean, Rabin, Racine, ramin, ravine, routine, Sabine, saltine, sardine, sarin, sateen, scene, screen, seen, serene, seventeen, shagreen, shebeen, sheen, sixteen, spleen, spring-clean, squireen, Steen, submarine, supervene, tambourine, tangerine, teen, terrine, thirteen, transmarine, treen, tureen, Tyrrhene, ultramarine, umpteen, velveteen, wean, ween, Wheen, yean

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Syllabification: fif·teen

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