twenty[twen′tē, twen′ē, twun′ē]
Origin of twentyMiddle English twenti ; from Old English twegentig, literally , two tens (akin to German zwanzig, Gothic twai tigjus) ; from twegen, twain + -tig, -ty
- the cardinal number between nineteen and twenty-one; 20; XX
- ☆ Informal a twenty-dollar bill
- The cardinal number equal to 2 × 10.
- twentiesa. A decade or the numbers from 20 to 29: The children are now in their twenties. The temperature dipped into the twenties.b. often Twenties The decade from 20 to 29 in a century.
- A twenty-dollar bill.
Origin of twentyMiddle English, from Old English twēntig; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
- (colloquial) A banknote with a denomination of 20.
- The waiter’s face lit up when I gave him a twenty.
- (CB slang) 10-20 (location).
- What’s your twenty, good buddy?
- (military) A set of twenty push-ups.
- Drop and give me twenty, Ric! (Recruit.)
From Middle English twenty, twenti, from Old English twēntiġ (“twenty”, literally “two tens”), from Proto-Germanic *twaintigiwiz, *twai tigiwiz, an old compound of *twain-/*twai (see two) and *-tigaz/*teguz, equivalent to two + -ty, or twain + -ty. Cognate with Scots twenty, tuenty (“twenty”), West Frisian tweintich (“twenty”), Dutch twintig (“twenty”), German zwanzig (“twenty”), Danish tyve.