One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Constituting number fifteen in a sequence; 15th.‘August the fifteenth’‘the fifteenth century’‘on the fifteenth floor’
- ‘Of all the major versions of humanism, the Renaissance humanism that developed in Italy during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries has been the most influential.’
- ‘Around the fifteenth would be the best for me,’ she said and dug into her salad, Kat just stared at her.’
- ‘This issue of the journal, the fifteenth in the New Series, contains contributions on an array of topics written by scholars in the United States, Spain, Italy and Australia.’
- ‘She knew exactly which key to go to, counting the fifteenth in from the right.’
- ‘This elite had no formal place in the fifteenth century constitutions and was therefore not subject to direct control.’
- ‘It was his birthday, his fifteenth, but there would be no celebration.’
- ‘Graham Barrow's side currently sit fifteenth in the League Two table.’
- ‘It's been just under two weeks - today is January the fifteenth.’
- ‘The fair, as a harvest festival with distant pagan origins, takes place in the hot mid-September (the fifteenth, as we can work out from Henchard's great oath the next day).’
- ‘How can you judge a scientist from this century against somebody who was working in the fourteenth or fifteenth century?’
- ‘We lost our fifteenth in Seattle, and I reached a decision.’
- ‘They made another appointment for the fifteenth.’
- ‘By the fifteenth hole the crowds had started to form around this new sensation on the course.’
- ‘‘I think you made that clear sometime between the first and the fifteenth time you said it,’ he told me.’
- ‘Katie said for what felt like the fifteenth time that morning.’
- ‘You get a healthy five episodes, which brings us to the fifteenth out of thirty-nine in the series.’
- ‘‘For the play on the fifteenth of December, we need people for the light and sound crew,’ I stated.’
- ‘It was their fifteenth year as a band and, after enduring some lean times commercially, they were now one of the biggest concert acts in the US.’
- ‘Yes, tomorrow is the fifteenth, you're quite right.’
- ‘The emergence of colleges such as Winchester and Eton in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries spearheaded the transition to modern forms of school organization and buildings.’
- 1.1 An organ stop sounding a register of pipes two octaves (fifteen notes) above the diapason.
2Each of fifteen equal parts into which something is or may be divided.
- ‘In 1225 the government levied a tax on moveables at the rate of a fifteenth, but took care to show its concern for newly established constitutional proprieties through a definitive reissue of the charters.’
- ‘Mr Howard said that on the Defendants' secondary case (by reference to Schedule 4 to the Claimants’ closing submissions), three fourteenths or three fifteenths of US $79.5 million would have been payable by the Defendants in August 2000.’
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