Origin of fifteenMiddle English fiftene from OE: see five and -teen
- The cardinal number equal to 14 + 1.
- The 15th in a set or sequence.
Origin of fifteenMiddle English fiftene from Old English fīftēne ; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English, from Old English fīftīene, fīftēne, from Proto-Germanic *fimftehun. Compare West Frisian fyftjin, Dutch vijftien, German fünfzehn, Danish femten.
- Fifteen minutes later she was knocking on Lori's door.
- It seemed like a long time, but was probably no longer than fifteen minutes before the mare lunged to her feet, snapping the cord.
- Nesvitski looked round and saw, some fifteen paces away but separated by the living mass of moving infantry, Vaska Denisov, red and shaggy, with his cap on the back of his black head and a cloak hanging jauntily over his shoulder.
- It still makes me cry when I think of Annie, even after fifteen years.
- How did he survive fifteen years enslaved in the catacombs by a madman?