Twenty meaning

twĕn'tē, twŭn'-
Two times ten.
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A twenty-dollar bill.
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The cardinal number between nineteen and twenty-one; 20; XX.
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A twenty-dollar bill.
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The cardinal number equal to 2 × 10.
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(colloquial) A banknote with a denomination of 20.

The waiter's face lit up when I gave him a twenty.

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(CB slang) 10-20 (location).

What's your twenty, good buddy?

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(military) A set of twenty push-ups.

Drop and give me twenty, Ric! (Recruit.)

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the Roaring Twenties
  • The decade 1920-29, regarded as a time of economic growth and of rebellion against social, esp. sexual, conventions.
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the twenties
  • The numbers or years, as of a century, from twenty through twenty-nine.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Roaring Twenties
the twenties

Origin of twenty

  • Middle English from Old English twēntig dwo- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English twenty, twenti, from Old English twÄ“ntiÄ¡ (“twenty", literally “two tens"), from Proto-Germanic *twaintigiwiz, *twai tigiwiz, an old compound of *twain-/*twai (see two) and *-tigaz/*teguz, equivalent to two +"Ž -ty, or twain +"Ž -ty. Cognate with Scots twenty, tuenty (“twenty"), West Frisian tweintich (“twenty"), Dutch twintig (“twenty"), German zwanzig (“twenty"), Danish tyve.
    From Wiktionary