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[ey-tee-sev-uh n] /ˈeɪ tiˈsɛv ən/
a cardinal number, 80 plus 7.
a symbol for this number, as 87 or LXXXVII.
a set of this many persons or things.
amounting to 87 in number. Unabridged
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  • eighty-seven percent of the peninsula's glaciers have been retreating during the same period, he added.
  • eighty-seven percent of attacks could have been avoided if reasonable security measures had been in place.
  • The final legislation was for seven hundred and eighty-seven billion dollars.
  • He is eighty-seven years old and time is ebbing away.
  • eighty-seven percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks.
  • eighty-seven people were carried away by the police.
  • The grand fathers both had long lives, one living to the age of almost eighty-seven, the other to the age of one hundred and two.
  • It rained two hundred and eighty-seven days of the year, and the locals were given to magnificent mood swings.
  • At eighty-seven, he was still jocular and voluble, concentrating more on his stories than on his driving.
  • For eighty-seven days rain poured on the city, dropping a record eighty-one inches.
British Dictionary definitions for eighty-seven


(cricket) a score traditionally regarded as being unlucky
Word Origin
possibly because 13 less than a century
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