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[ey-teen] /ˈeɪˈtin/
a cardinal number, ten plus eight.
a symbol for this number, as 18 or XVIII.
a set of this many persons or things.
amounting to 18 in number.
Origin of eighteen
before 1000; Middle English ehtetene, Old English eahtatēne; cognate with Old Norse āttjān, German achtzehn. See eight, -teen Unabridged
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  • eighteen years later, not-labeling has caused no end of problems for the biotech industry.
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  • eighteen months under siege had already drained hospitals of medicine and working equipment.
  • Consider how the crisis has unfolded over the past eighteen months.
  • Medical treatment which prolongs life for eighteen months is not normally regarded as futile.
  • Here, in spite of eighteen missing stanzas, the story is admirably told.
  • eighteen years is a long time for a case to remain not only open but also ongoing.
  • eighteen hours after the crash, there were no survivors, and rescuers said they did not expect to find any.
British Dictionary definitions for eighteen


the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and eight and the product of two and nine See also number (sense 1)
a numeral, 18, XVIII, etc, representing this number
the amount or quantity that is eight more than ten
something represented by, representing, or consisting of 18 units
(functioning as singular or pl) a team of 18 players in Australian Rules football
  1. amounting to eighteen: eighteen weeks
  2. (as pronoun): eighteen of them knew
Word Origin
Old English eahtatēne; related to Old Norse attjan, Old High German ahtozehan
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Word Origin and History for eighteen

late 14c., eightene, earlier ahtene (c.1200), from Old English eahtatene, eahtatyne; see eight + -teen. Cf. Old Saxon ahtotian, Dutch achttien, Old High German ahtozehan, German achtzehn, Old Norse attjan, Swedish adertån.

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