Definition of tenth in English:



  • 1Constituting number ten in a sequence; 10th.

    ‘the tenth century’
    ‘the tenth of September’
    ‘the tenth-floor locker room’
    • ‘She would be tenth of twenty acts to perform that night.’
    • ‘I love that he held a party to celebrate his tenth anniversary of being with Nigella.’
    • ‘But archaeologists found a Saxon upright loom weight dating back to the eighth and tenth centuries.’
    • ‘Next year will be the tenth anniversary of Jack's passing but, in part because of folks like the ones on the panel, it feels like he's still around.’
    • ‘In 1955, Delaware County ranked tenth in the nation for milk production on more than 2,000 farms.’
    • ‘The council is the lowest spending unitary council per head of population and had the tenth lowest council tax in the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘I was tenth in the class at the beginning of the school year.’
    • ‘Sridhara is now believed to have lived in the ninth and tenth centuries.’
    • ‘Our democracy's tenth anniversary will coincide with an election year.’
    • ‘Colombia ranks between fifth and tenth annually as a foreign oil supplier to the US.’
    • ‘The date was August tenth, and Liz and Colin would be married in two days.’
    • ‘The album comes with a bonus CD featuring a video of the title track plus footage from the duo's tenth anniversary concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.’
    • ‘At the tented encampment, visitors were able to chat to Viking families as they cooked using authentic tenth century ingredients.’
    • ‘Coming up, we will have more looks back and looks ahead here from Los Angeles on this tenth anniversary of the riots.’
    • ‘We didn't go out on Saturday for our tenth wedding anniversary as Josie was still really sick.’
    • ‘On this tenth anniversary, we owe it to them to remember.’
    • ‘England in the ninth and tenth centuries was a rich, prosperous, fertile land - and almost entirely unprotected.’
    • ‘Hundreds of green-draped coffins were ready for burial today, marking this tenth anniversary of the genocide.’
    • ‘It was party time as the airport marked the tenth anniversary of the opening of the new terminal - and there was plenty for those present to celebrate.’
    • ‘In the tenth century, small numbers of Irish and Scots settled on Iceland, bringing Christianity with them.’
    1. 1.1Each of ten equal parts into which something is or may be divided.
      ‘a tenth of a second’
      • ‘This post will probably self destruct in three tenths of a second.’
      • ‘Over that same period, the poorest tenth of Asia's population saw median income rise by 58 percent.’
      • ‘One of those things you have to try once, just to see how the other tenth of the population lives.’
      • ‘The insects weigh less than one tenth of an ounce (two grams), but eat their weight in food each day.’
      • ‘Bill Blass dresses one tenth of one percent of the American woman.’
      • ‘The Patriot's control system kept track of time by counting tenths of a second; to convert the count into full seconds, the computer multiplied by 1 / 10.’
      • ‘Yeah, your final grade was seven tenths of a percent higher than mine.’
      • ‘You know, it was built for about a tenth of the population that it has now.’
      • ‘The Labour party comprises seven tenths of the population and we're out to re-shape the world.’
      • ‘But as the tenths of seconds passed, out of the corner of my eye I saw him struggling.’
      • ‘‘Not a tenth of the destitute population could be supplied’, writes Ms. Smith.’
      • ‘On the oval, a half tenth of a second is a lot in this series, and then you get into traffic and lose a second or two.’
      • ‘Aren't you supposed to divide the bill into tenths?’
      • ‘If one divides the screen into 10 vertical strips of equal width, the first tenth on the left was the only part of the picture in focus.’
      • ‘By using it, I've learned that my swing on the course is two tenths of a second quicker than on the practice range.’
      • ‘She came into my workplace the other day, and she was halfway friendly, but it wasn't even one tenth of the warmth she used to radiate towards me.’
      • ‘As a result, ‘we spend a great deal of time documenting every tenth of an hour, just like we're lawyers,’ he says.’
      • ‘My coach hoisted me up above the crowd and informed me that I had broken Scott's record by five tenths of a second.’
      • ‘In this exercise, the U.S. population is divided into tenths and represented by 10 students.’
      • ‘Bates College had only $106,000 in endowment per student, less than one tenth of Grinnell's.’
    2. 1.2US The tenth grade of a school.
      • ‘The only time I had ever seen Belinda cry previously was when I was in ninth grade, she was in tenth, and her dad had died.’
      • ‘Most small villages have nursery schools and ‘middle’ schools that go up to eighth grade and sometimes tenth.’
    3. 1.3Music
      An interval or chord spanning an octave and a third in the diatonic scale, or a note separated from another by this interval.