Twenty definition

twĕntē, twŭn-
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(informal) 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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A decade or the numbers from 20 to 29.

The children are now in their twenties. The temperature dipped into the twenties.

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The decade from 20 to 29 in a century.
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(CB slang) 10-20 (location).

What's your twenty, good buddy?

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Two times ten.
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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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The cardinal number equal to 2 × 10.
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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
twenty
Plural:
twenties

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