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[ih-lev-uh nth] /ɪˈlɛv ənθ/
next after the tenth; being the ordinal number for 11.
being one of 11 equal parts.
an eleventh part, especially of one (1/11).
the eleventh member of a series.
Origin of eleventh
before 1000; Middle English enleventh, enlefte, Old English endlyfta (akin to Old Frisian andlofta, Old Saxon ellifto). See eleven, -th2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eleventh
  • But no one knows whether these eleventh-hour efforts will succeed.
  • Scrutiny of the craft's images later led to the identification of an eleventh inner moon.
  • He's produced about ten television shows, so he's going for his eleventh on both counts.
  • There are ten books in all and an eleventh that fills in the gaps between books.
  • Any agreement that emerges from eleventh-hour negotiations may involve still further reductions.
  • Please read about the doings of the church in the eleventh to fourteenth century.
  • On the eleventh day, the rats were killed and examined.
  • We cannot afford to wait until the eleventh hour to reach an agreement.
  • In no way, has this been a hasty or negligent eleventh hour surprise.
  • The right kidney rests upon the twelfth rib, the left usually on the eleventh and twelfth.
British Dictionary definitions for eleventh


(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the tenth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of eleven: often written 11th
  2. (as pronoun): the eleventh in succession
  1. one of 11 equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, measurement, etc
  2. (as modifier): an eleventh part
the fraction equal to one divided by 11 (1/11)
  1. an interval of one octave plus one fourth
  2. See eleventh chord
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Word Origin and History for eleventh

late 14c., eleventhe, superseding earlier ellefte (c.1300), enlefte (early 13c.), from Old English endleofta; see eleven + -th (1).

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