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twenty-one

[twen-tee-wuhn, twuhn-] /ˈtwɛn tiˈwʌn, ˈtwʌn-/
noun
1.
a cardinal number, 20 plus 1.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 21 or XXI.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
Also, 21. Also called blackjack. a gambling game at cards, in which the object is to obtain from the dealer cards whose values add up to, or close to, 21 but which do not exceed it.
adjective
5.
amounting to 21 in number.
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  • At any rate, when he was twenty-one he might hope to be the possessor of a thousand dollars.

    Helping Himself Horatio Alger
  • Some say when he was twenty-one, as soon as his wife presented him with twins, in 1585.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • I was past twenty-one, and I had never even had a glimpse into the inside of life.

  • "I'm twenty-one and she's eighteen," hummed the ward under its breath.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • We were promised presents for twenty-one years; we have received nothing but a few promises.

    Four American Indians Edson L. Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for twenty-one

twenty-one

noun
1.
another name (esp US) for pontoon2 (sense 1)
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