Definition of eleven in US English:


cardinal number

  • 1Equivalent to the sum of six and five; one more than ten; 11.

    ‘the room was about eleven feet wide’
    ‘eighteen schools were founded, eleven of them in Los Angeles’
    • ‘His large size dwarfed Jeremy, who stood at five feet eleven inches.’
    • ‘Since 1922 all eleven Tory leaders except Hague have been Prime Minister at some time: this is so for only five of Labour's eleven leaders, as of 2000.’
    • ‘The total painted surface of all the panels is over fifty feet in width, plus the predella which is two feet high by eleven feet wide.’
    • ‘She willingly accepted the pain of our being separated for five to eleven days at a time and came to know the trucking language and lifestyle almost as well as any trucker.’
    • ‘Dad wasn't especially tall, five feet eleven inches or so.’
    • ‘But if he falls or fails to sparkle on the big day then eleven year old Doran's Pride won't be too far away if he stays sound between now and then.’
    • ‘James Moore kicked a penalty goal after eleven minutes and five minutes later Rob Myler scored a try after splendid work at a line out by John Bowskill and Lee Farnworth, Moore added the conversion.’
    • ‘The full-forward line maintained their monopoly on scoring with two more points from Kilkenny and Carty to put Aghamore five ahead after eleven minutes.’
    • ‘Staff size ranges from one person devoting half time to the conference to the equivalent of eleven full-time staff members.’
    • ‘It ranged to be about eleven feet long and five feet wide.’
    • ‘Water-ford and Kerry were joint leaders going into Saturday's game, level on top on eleven points from five games and both unbeaten.’
    • ‘Today BMI Systems and its affiliates, employ over 400 people in eleven cities and five states.’
    • ‘Five of the other eleven EU member states had troops in Bosnia or Croatia in early 1995, Danes and Swedes with Norwegians and Finns in a joint Nordic battalion.’
    • ‘It was the first time bride Geraldine Spillane has seen all her 16 siblings eleven brothers and five sisters together in the one place, making her big day extra special.’
    • ‘Turley also broke the Leigh points scoring record with five tries and eleven conversions.’
    • ‘And the witness had said five foot eleven inches, I think.’
    1. 1.1 Eleven years old.
      ‘the eldest is only eleven’
      • ‘My eldest is eleven; there's no way she'd get past the first night.’
      • ‘I don't know about you, but I've learned comparatively little since the age of eleven.’
      • ‘At the age of eleven, Wendy Lesser first read Don Quixote.’
      • ‘Teams of students aged between eleven and seventeen from across Europe were challenged to design and implement their own community health research project.’
      • ‘Cox began competing as a gymnast at the age of eleven and won a gold medal at the World School Games.’
      • ‘Physical differences prohibit mixed teams after the age of eleven.’
      • ‘He moved back to his West Kerry roots at the age of eleven and began playing the guitar around this time.’
      • ‘Speaking as someone who was six-foot-two at the tender age of eleven, I ask: have you no shame, sir?’
      • ‘From the age of eleven you were responsible for his upbringing.’
      • ‘During the last two decades these two men have looked after youngsters from the ages of eleven up to sixteen.’
      • ‘At the age of eleven I was representing my school at the national level and then my college.’
      • ‘Glenthorne High School is a popular mixed comprehensive school for students between the ages of eleven and nineteen.’
      • ‘It was an initiative designed to encourage young children from the ages of four to eleven to read more, especially during the summertime when they would have more free time to do so.’
      • ‘It will cater for toddlers and children up to the age of ten or eleven.’
      • ‘Once when I was babysitting two girls aged about nine and eleven, they stuck in a video of Pretty Woman.’
      • ‘I had to start thinking about this at the age of eleven, and used to keep myself up for hours contemplating my own death and oblivion.’
      • ‘One third of children between the ages of nine and eleven in Waterford and the rest of the South East are overweight and as many as eight per cent are clinically obese.’
      • ‘He was booted out of home at the age of eleven after announcing he was going to be a song-and-dance man.’
      • ‘At the tender age of eleven he joined his father's ship.’
      • ‘She was still very young, perhaps eleven at the eldest, and was humming a soft tune under her breath.’
    2. 1.2 Eleven o'clock.
      ‘she often worked until eleven at night’
      • ‘Ever since she could remember she had worked Friday nights until eleven at least, sometimes midnight if she stayed to help clean up.’
      • ‘Tuesday I ended up working from 8am until eleven that night, got home at quarter to one the next morning and was back in the office by half eight.’
      • ‘Also, people usually watch television from about eight in the morning until eleven at night.’
      • ‘Howard later wrote that the campaigning began at seven in the morning and often didn't end until eleven at night.’
      • ‘It was five after eleven and she still hadn't shown.’
      • ‘Paul went home to shower and do jobs, and arrived back with the car at five to eleven.’
      • ‘But Caitlin is over, snowing away, because its only eleven A.M. and she liked the present I got her.’
      • ‘Natalie arrived shortly after eleven, hurrying her shivering niece into the heated car.’
      • ‘To mark the occasion the network will be broadcasting live from across the country bringing listeners the best in new black music from the hottest venues nationwide from eleven at night until six in the morning.’
      • ‘Sure enough, someone had been online last night between nine until eleven, and this morning from eight to nine.’
      • ‘He spent three days working from seven in the morning until eleven at night on his masterpiece.’
      • ‘I walked to work quickly and was there at five till eleven.’
    3. 1.3 A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by eleven.
      • ‘I cussed, as one size eleven shoe hit the ground.’
      • ‘I followed Nick to a department store about a week ago, where I saw him buy a pair of brown boots, size eleven.’
    4. 1.4 A group or unit of eleven people or things.
      • ‘Tottenham's problems seemed to begin when Ossie Ardiles insisted on cramming five attacking players into his starting eleven.’
      • ‘The other eleven simply looked at him, stunned into inaction.’
      • ‘Johnville showed one change to the team that lost to Ferrybank at home the previous Saturday, with Ian Ryan replacing Paddy Carey in the starting eleven.’
      • ‘It is not just about picking the playing eleven, setting the field and ringing in the bowling changes.’
      • ‘Then the reporter or editor decides which of the facts shall be the first paragraph of the story, thus emphasizing one fact above the other eleven.’
      • ‘He wants Yuvraj to open the batting in Tests as he is ‘too good to be left out’ of the playing eleven.’
      • ‘When he finally got the chance to play in the starting eleven after David Beckham's infamous booking and injury, Owen found the back of the net in the Champions' League tie with Dynamo Kiev.’
      • ‘Wenger has arguably the strongest and finest starting eleven in the league but should he suffer an injury to Henry or one of his other stars then his empire could look more vulnerable.’
      • ‘Henry could afford to miss a few post European Premiership games, if Wenger had a player of Morientes' calibre to bring into the starting eleven.’
      • ‘However, during that same period manager Sir Alex Ferguson has changed his goalkeeper more often than Claudio Ranieri changes his starting eleven.’
      • ‘But now they're streaking, having won, I believe, nine of their last eleven.’
      • ‘Himself a former England international, Phillips was left out of the first eleven for the final day loss to Manchester United which sealed Southampton's fate.’
      • ‘And being a member of the 1987 Ranji squad that won the championship, though not in the playing eleven.’
      • ‘Five of the eleven have still not received votes.’
      • ‘The contrast between the two starting elevens could not have been more marked, Dulwich's tyro's, some barely out of school, ranged against a Bromley side bristling with experience, masters versus pupils.’
      • ‘Then the eleven of them stood together in their battle gear, and Godwin raised his cup, and the ten pledged thegns raised theirs, and so they saluted each other, and drank.’
    5. 1.5 A sports team of eleven players.
      • ‘There is also an assortment of teams from the other major cities - Basel, Bern, Winterthur, Zug and of course Zurich, which supports not one but two Sri Lankan elevens, neither of which is on speaking terms with the other.’
      • ‘Chelsea often starts a match with no British-born player in the eleven.’
      • ‘The playing elevens for the decider described by former Indian Test player Navjot Sidhu as ‘too close to call’ will be named just before the toss today.’
      • ‘In a reversal of the result between the clubs' first elevens, Sheriff Hutton Bridge had by far the better of a draw at Acomb where the home side crawled to 97-8 in the face of Bridge's 196-5.’
      • ‘It was an impressive display by the local eleven.’
      • ‘Woodhouse Grange gained partial revenge for their premier division mauling when they had the better of a draw with Heworth when the clubs' second elevens clashed at Sutton-on-Derwent.’
      • ‘Oh yeah, he was the bald midfielder who played for Denmark at the last World Cup and two European Championships and would slot into most Premiership elevens.’
      • ‘The second eleven played fourteen and won five.’
      • ‘Yeadon Cricket Club are in deep trouble unable to field two full elevens as the Bradford League season gets underway.’
      • ‘Lancashire play Holland and Western Province on Monday and Tuesday in the triangular competition with the final next Thursday and complete the trip with fixtures against club and academy elevens.’
      • ‘The England manager could barely assemble a first eleven from the key English players on the European scene.’
      • ‘But for more exciting ties and the chance of an occasional victory forget parochial (more like third) best and go for a British eleven.’


  • up to eleven

    • informal So as to reach or surpass the maximum level; to an extreme or intense degree.

      ‘turn the volume up to eleven’
      ‘I like my art cranked up to eleven’
      • ‘It followed the existential/kickass pattern of the first movie, with each cranked up to eleven.’
      • ‘This type of condescension is cranked up to eleven here - there's no room for even a hint of interpretation.’
      • ‘Turn that stereo up to eleven, close your eyes, and pray for some live dates soon.’
      • ‘Slip the disc into your player and turn the volume up to eleven.’
      • ‘Every plot is turned up to eleven, as it were.’
      • ‘His band's amps went up to eleven.’
      • ‘If you played one of the past games in the series, imagine one of them cranked up to eleven.’
      • ‘Not for the faint-hearted, this wine has the flavour turned up to eleven.’
      • ‘He only really had one character - himself turned up to eleven.’
      • ‘The drama has been amped up to eleven.’


Old English endleofon, from the base of one + a second element (probably expressing the sense ‘left over’) occurring also in twelve; of Germanic origin and related to Dutch and German elf.