Origin of fourteenMiddle English fourtene from Old English feowertyne: see four and -teen
- The cardinal number equal to 13 + 1.
- The 14th in a set or sequence.
- Something having 14 parts, units, or members.
Origin of fourteenMiddle English fourtene from Old English fēowertēne ; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
- Ordinal: fourteenth
From Middle English fourtene, from Old English fēowertīene, fēowertēne, from Proto-Germanic *fedurtehun. Compare West Frisian fjirtjin, Dutch veertien, German vierzehn, Danish fjorten.
- For her, the last fourteen months had been nothing short of heaven on earth.
- At the age of fourteen sun-cycles, before he reached manhood, he had lost all but his sisters, been proclaimed dhjan of a planet he couldn't even visit, and made battle commander of a war he knew nothing of.
- During World War I in the United States, fourteen states outlawed speaking German.
- He had left Moscow when Boris was a boy of fourteen, and had quite forgotten him, but in his usual impulsive and hearty way he took Boris by the hand with a friendly smile.
- Fourteen left - two of those wounded.