- preceded by nine others in a series; 10th
- designating any of the ten equal parts of something
Origin of tenthEarly Middle English tenthe, replacing Old English teogotha, teotha: see ten and -th
- the one following the ninth
- any of the ten equal parts of something;
- a tenth of a gallon
- The ordinal number matching the number ten in a series.
- One of ten equal parts.
Origin of tenthMiddle English tenthe alteration of tethe from Old English tēotha ; see tithe .
10th, 10th; (in names of monarchs and popes) X
- The person or thing in the tenth position.
- One of ten equal parts of a whole.
- (music) The interval between any tone and the tone represented on the tenth degree of the staff above it, as between one of the scale and three of the octave above; the octave of the third.
- (UK, law, historical, in the plural) A temporary aid issuing out of personal property, and granted to the king by Parliament; formerly, the real tenth part of all the movables belonging to the subject.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Middle English. Old English had tÄ“oÃ¾a (origin of Modern English tithe), but the force of analogy to the cardinal number "ten" caused Middle English speakers to recreate the regular ordinal and re-insert the nasal consonant.