quatre-vingts

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French[edit]

French numbers (edit)
800
[a], [b] ←  79 80 81  → [a], [b], [c]
8
    Cardinal: quatre-vingts, huitante, octante
    Ordinal: quatre-vingtième, huitantième, octantième

Etymology[edit]

From quatre (four) and vingt (twenty), both of which are derived from Latin. The vigesimal pattern of expressing 80 as 4×20, however, is of Celtic origin; see, for example, Irish fichead. (The Latin for 80 is octōgintā.)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ka.tʁə.vɛ̃/
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Noun[edit]

quatre-vingts m (plural quatre-vingts)

  1. eighty, 80
    Synonyms: huitante (Switzerland), octante

Usage notes[edit]

  • When used in a compound, the form quatre-vingt is used.
  • The term huitante is used in some French-speaking cantons of Switzerland.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]