AskDefine | Define forty

Dictionary Definition

forty adj : being ten more than thirty [syn: 40, xl, twoscore] n : the cardinal number that is the product of ten and four [syn: 40, XL]

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Cardinal number

  1. The cardinal number occurring after thirty-nine and before forty-one, represented in Roman numerals as XL and in Arabic numerals as 40. Ordinal: fortieth.
  2. A 40 ounce bottle of beer.


the cardinal number occurring after thirty-nine

Extensive Definition

40 (forty) is the natural number following 39 and preceding 41.
Despite being related to the word "four" (4), 40 is spelled as "forty", not "fourty". This is because etymologically (and still in accents without the horse-hoarse merger), the words have different vowels, "forty" containing a contraction in the same way that "fifty" contains a contraction of "five". The letters of the word "forty" are in alphabetical order; this is the only number that has this linguistic property in English.
forty in Dutch: 40 (getal)
forty in Japanese: 40
forty in Neapolitan: Quaranta
forty in Norwegian: 40 (tall)
forty in Norwegian Nynorsk: Talet 40
forty in Polish: 40 (liczba)
forty in Portuguese: Quarenta
forty in Russian: 40 (число)
forty in Simple English: Forty
forty in Slovenian: 40 (število)
forty in Finnish: 40 (luku)
forty in Swedish: 40 (tal)
forty in Kabyle: 40
forty in Thai: 40
forty in Vietnamese: 40 (số)
forty in Wu Chinese: 40
forty in Yiddish: 40 (נומער)
forty in Contenese: 40
forty in Chinese: 40
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