twenty

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English cardinal numbers
 <  19 20 21  > 
    Cardinal : twenty
    Ordinal : twentieth
  • Arabic numerals: 20 (see for numerical forms in other scripts)
  • Roman numerals: XX

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English twenty, twenti, from Old English twēntiġ (twenty, literally two tens), from Proto-Germanic *twaintigiwiz, *twai tigiwiz, an old compound of *twain-/*twai (see two) and *-tigaz/*teguz, equivalent to two +‎ -ty, or twain +‎ -ty. Cognate with Scots twenty, tuenty (twenty), West Frisian tweintich (twenty), Dutch twintig (twenty), German zwanzig (twenty), Danish tyve.

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twenty

  1. The cardinal number 20, occurring after nineteen and before twenty-one.

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twenty (plural twenties)

  1. (colloquial) A banknote with a denomination of 20.
    The waiter’s face lit up when I gave him a twenty.
  2. (CB slang) 10-20 (location).
    What’s your twenty, good buddy?
  3. (military) A set of twenty push-ups.
    Drop and give me twenty, Ric! (Recruit.)

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