Origin of tenMiddle English from Old English ten, t?n, tene, akin to German zehn from Indo-European an unverified form dé??, ten from source Sanskrit dáça, Classical Greek deka, Classical Latin decem
- the cardinal number between nine and eleven; 10; X
- any group of ten people or things
- something numbered ten or having ten units, as a playing card or a throw of dice
Origin of tenfrom the practice of using an informal 1-10 scale; popularized by the movie 10 (1979)Informal something or someone regarded as worthy of the highest rating; specif., a person regarded as possessing exceptional sexual attractiveness
- Informal a ten-dollar bill
- The cardinal number equal to 9 + 1.
- The tenth in a set or sequence.
- Something having ten parts, units, or members.
- Games A playing card marked with ten spots.
- A ten-dollar bill.
Origin of tenMiddle English from Old English tīen ; see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural tens)
- (uncountable) The number following nine.
- (countable) (Cards) The card between the nine and jack in a given suit.
- (countable) A monetary denomination worth ten units.
- (countable, US, slang) A superb specimen.
From Middle English ten, tene, from Old English tīen (“ten”), from Proto-Germanic *tehun (“ten”), from Proto-Indo-European *déḱm̥t (“ten”). Cognate with Scots ten, tene (“ten”), West Frisian tsien (“ten”), Eastern Frisian tjoon (“ten”), North Frisian tiin (“ten”), Dutch tien (“ten”), German zehn (“ten”), Swedish tio (“ten”); and with Sanskrit दश, Ancient Greek δέκα (deka), Albanian dhjetë, Latin decem, Irish deich, Serbo-Croatian deset. See also teen.