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[fawr-teenth, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˈtinθ, ˈfoʊr-/
next after the thirteenth; being the ordinal number for 14.
being one of 14 equal parts.
a fourteenth part, especially of one (1/14).
the fourteenth member of a series.
before 900; Middle English fourtenthe, Old English fēowertēotha. See fourteen, -th2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fourteenth
  • Please read about the doings of the church in the eleventh to fourteenth century.
  • But it was possibly a toss-up-the scale hung almost even in that formative fourteenth century.
  • He began his course of philosophy at twelve years of age, and his theology at the end of his fourteenth year.
  • Ossification begins in the medial epicondyle about the fifth year, and in the lateral about the thirteenth or fourteenth year.
  • Already, before the end of the fourteenth century, many of the old inns had become annexed to colleges.
  • The only notable order of fourteenth century society that escapes censure altogether is that of the monks.
  • In the fourteenth century, a time of xenophobia, they were interested and curious.
  • Mark is responsible for the fourteenth century, although not for much longer, since he's about to get fired.
  • The legend sung in this carol probably dates from the fourteenth century.
  • As it turns out, though, they left in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries.
British Dictionary definitions for fourteenth


  1. coming after the thirteenth in order, position, time etc. Often written: 14th
  2. (as noun): the fourteenth in succession
  1. one of 14 equal or nearly equal parts of something
  2. (as modifier): a fourteenth part
the fraction equal to one divided by 14 (1/14)
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Word Origin and History for fourteenth

c.1300, by influence of fourteen, replacing or modifying fourtende, fowrtethe, from Old English feowerteoða, Old Norse *feowertandi (see fourteen) + -th (1). Cf. Dutch veertiende, German vierzehnte.

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