Definition of Roman numeral in English:

Roman numeral

Line breaks: Roman nu|meral

noun

  • Any of the letters representing numbers in the Roman numerical system: I = 1, V = 5, X = 10, L = 50, C = 100, D = 500, M = 1,000. In this system a letter placed after another of greater value adds (thus XVI or xvi is 16), whereas a letter placed before another of greater value subtracts (thus XC is 90).
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    • He evidently releases large-scale limited editions with both Arabic numerals and Roman numerals and, as well, markets both European and domestic editions.
    • The biggest Roman numeral is M, for 1000, so one easy way to write large numbers is to line up the Ms: MMMMMMM would be 7000, for instance.
    • Folio numbers often exist in both Arabic and Roman numerals and are a bit confused.

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