Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?


[ten] /tɛn/
a cardinal number, nine plus one.
a symbol for this number, as 10 or X.
a set of this many persons or things.
a playing card with ten pips.
Informal. a ten-dollar bill:
She had two tens and a five in her purse.
Also called ten's place. Mathematics.
  1. (in a mixed number) the position of the second digit to the left of the decimal point.
  2. (in a whole number) the position of the second digit from the right.
amounting to ten in number.
take ten, Informal. to rest from what one is doing, especially for ten minutes.
before 900; Middle English ten(e), tenn(e), Old English tēn(e), tīen(e); cognate with Dutch tien, German zehn, Old Norse tīu, Gothic taihun, Latin decem, Greek déka, Sanskrit daśa


Music. tenuto. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for ten
  • His pictorial production during ten years will be considerably reduced.
  • They were also able to persuade winos to appear as extras for ten cents apiece.
  • Three bells in a row produced the biggest payoff, ten nickels.
  • Original episodes aired on the nine network and later on the ten network.
  • Approximately ten percent of those deemed legally blind, by any measure, have no vision.
  • They beat and torture drusilla so badly that she does not recover for ten years.
  • The series has appeared now in over ten countries and languages.
  • In total, it took five days to write, and just over ten days to film.
  • The tragedy of man contains fifteen scenes, with ten historical periods represented.
  • Our ships enter the port, but of a thousand sailors hardly ten are spared.
British Dictionary definitions for ten


the cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one. It is the base of the decimal number system and the base of the common logarithm See also number (sense 1)
a numeral, 10, X, etc, representing this number
something representing, represented by, or consisting of ten units, such as a playing card with ten symbols on it
Also called ten o'clock. ten hours after noon or midnight
  1. amounting to ten: ten tigers
  2. (as pronoun): to sell only ten
adjective decimal prefixes deca- deci-
Word Origin
Old English tēn; related to Old Saxon tehan, Old High German zehan, Gothic taihun, Latin decem, Greek deka, Sanskrit dasa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ten

Old English ten (Mercian), tien (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *tekhan (cf. Old Saxon tehan, Old Norse tiu, Danish ti, Old Frisian tian, Old Dutch ten, Dutch tien, Old High German zehan, German zehn, Gothic taihun "ten").

The Germanic words are from PIE *dekm (cf. Sanskrit dasa, Avestan dasa, Armenian tasn, Greek deka, Latin decem, Old Church Slavonic deseti, Lithuanian desimt, Old Irish deich, Breton dek, Welsh deg, Albanian djetu "ten").

Tenner "ten-pound note" is slang first recorded 1861; as "ten-dollar bill," 1887 (ten-spot in this sense dates from 1848). The ten-foot pole that you wouldn't touch something with (1909) was originally a 40-foot pole; the idea is the same as the advice to use a long spoon when you dine with the devil. Ten-four "I understand, message received," is attested in popular jargon from 1962, from use in CB and police radio 10-code (in use in U.S. by 1950).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
ten in Medicine

TEN abbr.
toxic epidermal necrolysis

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for ten

tell someone where to get off

verb phrase

To rebuke, rebuff, or deflate firmly; LET someone HAVE IT •A euphemism for go to hell: I advised Alice to tell him where to get off when he tries that big-shot stuff (1900+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Related Abbreviations for ten


  1. Tennessee Titans
  2. toxic epidermal necrolysis


  1. tenor
  2. tenuto
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with ten
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ten

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ten

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with ten

Nearby words for ten